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1‘turn the cake out on to a wire rack to cool’
framework, frame, stand, holder, shelf, form, trestle, support, bin, box, bunker, container, structure
1‘she was racked with guilt’
torment, afflict, torture, pain, agonize, cause agony to, cause pain to, cause suffering to, harrow, pierce, stab, wound, crucify
plague, bedevil, persecute, harass, distress, trouble, worry
under pressure, under stress, under a strain, in distress
suffering, going through torture, in agony, in pain, racked with pain
in trouble, in difficulties, having problems
‘she racked her brains, but there was nothing she could tell him’
think hard, put one's mind to something, give much thought to something, concentrate, try to remember, puzzle over something, cudgel one's brains, furrow one's brow
scratch one's head
‘the privately-held chain racks up sales of $3.3 million’
achieve, attain, accomplish, gain, earn, win, succeed in making, reach, make, get, obtain
score, tally, record, register, log
chalk up, clock up, knock up, notch up, turn in, bag
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