rack rent
noun Etymology: 4rack Date: 1743 1. an excessive or unreasonably high rent 2. British the highest rent that can be earned on a property

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  • rack rent — noun an extortionate rent • Hypernyms: ↑rent * * * noun Etymology: rack (IV) : a rent equal or nearly equal to the full annual value of the property : an excessive or unreasonably high rent * * * 1. n. an extortionate or very high rent, esp. an… …   Useful english dictionary

  • rack-rent — /ˈræk rɛnt/ (say rak rent) noun 1. a rent for land equal or nearly equal to its full annual value. 2. an exorbitant rent. –verb (t) 3. to exact the highest possible rent for. 4. to demand rack rent from. {rack1 (verb) + rent1} –rack renter, noun …   Australian English dictionary

  • rack-rent — UK / US noun [countable/uncountable] Word forms rack rent : singular rack rent plural rack rents business rent that is unfairly high …   English dictionary

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