rack (n.) Old form(s): racke, wracke
machine of torture which stretches the limbs
KL V.iii.312[Kent to all, of Lear] He hates him / That would upon the rack of this tough world / Stretch him out longer
MV III.ii.25[Bassanio to Portia] Let me choose, / For as I am, I live upon the rack
TC I.ii.139[Cressida to Pandarus, responding to ‘I must needs confess’] Without the rack
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