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 Rack-rent.Rack and Ruin. 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Rack and Manger.
 
Housekeeping.   1
   To lie at rack and manger. To live at reckless expense.   2
       
“When Virtue was a country maide,
And had no skill to set up trade,
She came up with a carrier’s jade,
And lay at rack and manger.”
       
Life of Robin Goodfellow. (1628.)
 


 Rack-rent.Rack and Ruin. 

 
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