on the rack

UNDER PRESSURE, under stress, under a strain, in distress; in trouble, in difficulties, having problems.

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adverb (or adjective)
: under great mental or emotional stress : in acute anxiety or uncertainty

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on the rack
1. Extremely anxious or distressed
2. (of skill, etc) stretched to limits
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Main Entry:rack

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on the rack phrase
in a difficult situation that you cannot deal with

The interviewer’s questions put Blair on the rack.

Thesaurus: in a difficult situationsynonym
Main entry: rack

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suffering intense distress or strain

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on the rack
Brit informal : in a very bad or difficult situation

They had their opponents on the rack in the first half.

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Main Entry:rack

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on the ˈrack idiom
feeling extreme pressure, anxiety or pain
Main entry:rackidiom

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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