Rack and ruin
Rack Rack, n. [See {Wreck}.] A wreck; destruction. [Obs., except in a few phrases.] [1913 Webster]

{Rack and ruin}, destruction; utter ruin. [Colloq.]

{To go to rack}, to perish; to be destroyed. [Colloq.] ``All goes to rack.'' --Pepys. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • rack and ruin — If something or someone goes to rack and ruin, they are utterly destroyed or wrecked …   The small dictionary of idiomes

  • rack and ruin — A state of neglect and collapse • • • Main Entry: ↑rack …   Useful english dictionary

  • rack and ruin — {n. phr.} Complete decay; condition of decline. * /The entire house had been so neglected that it had gone to rack and ruin./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • rack and ruin — {n. phr.} Complete decay; condition of decline. * /The entire house had been so neglected that it had gone to rack and ruin./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • rack\ and\ ruin — n. phr. Complete decay; condition of decline. The entire house had been so neglected that it had gone to rack and ruin …   Словарь американских идиом

  • rack and ruin —    If something or someone goes to rack and ruin, they are utterly destroyed or wrecked.   (Dorking School Dictionary) …   English Idioms & idiomatic expressions

  • Rack and ruin —   If something or someone goes to rack and ruin, they are utterly destroyed or wrecked …   Dictionary of English idioms

  • rack and ruin — Meaning Destitution. Origin Rack here is a corruption of wrack or wreck …   Meaning and origin of phrases

  • rack and ruin — noun Complete destruction …   Wiktionary

  • rack and ruin — ruins, debris; complete destruction …   English contemporary dictionary

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