on the rack
phrasal under great emotional stress

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • on the rack — UNDER PRESSURE, under stress, under a strain, in distress; in trouble, in difficulties, having problems. → rack * * * adverb (or adjective) : under great mental or emotional stress : in acute anxiety or uncertainty * * * on the rack …   Useful english dictionary

  • on the rack —    If you are in a stressful situation, having to answer a lot of questions or wait for a decision, you are on the rack.     The suspect was put on the rack by the police but he did not confess to anything …   English Idioms & idiomatic expressions

  • on the rack — anxious, often because you are waiting for something or because people are asking you difficult questions. You re left on the rack for three days waiting for the results from the hospital. Here was a respected politician being put on the rack (=… …   New idioms dictionary

  • on the rack — these latest allegations are keeping the Church on the rack Syn: under pressure, under stress, under a strain, in distress; in trouble, in difficulties, having problems …   Thesaurus of popular words

  • on the rack — in a difficult situation that you cannot deal with The interviewer s questions put Blair on the rack …   English dictionary

  • on the rack — suffering, tortured …   English contemporary dictionary

  • To be on the rack — Rack Rack, n. [Probably fr. D. rek, rekbank, a rack, rekken to stretch; akin to G. reck, reckbank, a rack, recken to stretch, Dan. r[ae]kke, Sw. r[ a]cka, Icel. rekja to spread out, Goth. refrakjan to stretch out; cf. L. porrigere, Gr. ore gein.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • On the Cover (game show) — On The Cover is a game show that premiered on PAX TV (now called ION) on May 17, 2004. It was hosted by Mark L. Walberg,[1] who previously hosted Russian Roulette, and the announcer was Mitch Lewis. Contents 1 Premise 2 The main game …   Wikipedia

  • The Rack — Infobox Album | Name = The Rack Type = studio Artist = Asphyx Released = 1991 Recorded = Genre = Death metal Doom metal Length = 37:33 Label = Century Media Producer = Reviews = Last album = Mutilating Process (1989) This album = The Rack (1991)… …   Wikipedia

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