Definition of Rack rent

1. Noun. An extortionate rent.

Generic synonyms: Rent

Definition of Rack rent

1. Noun. a rent equal or nearly equal to the annual value of the property ¹

2. Noun. an excessive rent ¹

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Rack Rent

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rack and ruin
rack and snail
rack jobber
rack of lamb
rack off
rack one's brain
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rack railway
rack rate
rack rent (current term)
rack time
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racket abuse

Literary usage of Rack rent

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Commentaries on the Laws of England by William Blackstone, William Carey Jones (1915)
"(4) Other varieties of rents—(a) Quit-rents; (b) Rack- rent; (c) Fee-farm rents.—There are also other species of rents, which are reducible to these three. ..."

2. The Judicial Dictionary, of Words and Phrases Judicially Interpreted: To by Frederick Stroud (1903)
"'rack rent,' is only a RENT of the full Value of the tenement, ... Rack-rent, is rent of, or approaching to, the full Annual Value of the property out of ..."

3. The Living Age by Making of America Project, Eliakim Littell, Robert S. Littell (1880)
"The rack-rent is in fact higher considerably than the rents actually paid. For example, the rack-rent of a small farmer who comes riding upon a horse to ..."

4. The Justice of the Peace, and Parish Officer by Richard Burn (1820)
"... on any other tenure than as tenant at rack rent solely, or such other estate, together with the farm at rack rent, the value of which in the whole shall ..."

5. The Judicial Dictionary, of Words and Phrases Judicially Interpreted, to by Frederick Stroud (1903)
"... his own account or as agent or trustee for any other person, or who would so receive the same if such lands or premises were let at a Rack-rent." Note. ..."

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