Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “be on the rack”

be on the rack

to be suffering great physical or mental painExperiencing and suffering
(Definition of be on the rack from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
Browse related topics

You are looking at an entry to do with Experiencing and suffering, but you might be interested in these topics from the Expressing and controlling emotions topic area:

Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Translations of “be on the rack”

Word of the Day

bitter

a type of dark brown beer with a bitter taste

Word of the Day

Blog

Read our blog about how the English language behaves.

Learn More

New Words

Find words and meanings that have just started to be used in English, and let us know what you think of them.

Learn More