Definition of rent-racking in US English:

rent-racking

noun

historical
  • The subjecting of a person to the payment of a very high or extortionate rent.

adjective

historical
  • That subjects a person to the payment of a very high or extortionate rent.

Origin

Early 17th century; earliest use found in Thomas Taylor (1576–1632), Church of England clergyman. From rent + racking, probably after rent-racker. Compare rent-racking, and slightly later rent-rack, rent-racked<br>early 17th century; earliest use found in Richard Carpenter (1575–1627), Church of England clergyman. From rent + racking, probably after rent-racker. Compare rent-racking, and slightly later rent-rack, rent-racked.

Pronunciation

rent-racking

/ˈrɛntˌrakɪŋ/