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Rak-stok, Rack-stock(e, n. [Rak n.3 or Rak v.1 2.] ? A device for stretching hides. b. Applied to the rack, the instrument of torture. — 1588–9 Glasgow B. Rec. I 130.
Item, ane rak stok with lastis, trescheouris, irne schaping knyfe
1659 Craven Ch. in Orkney II 198.
A pair great raxes … , two yetlings … , a rak stok, a thing for careing glass [etc.]
b. 1635 Dickson Wr. 10.
Thou needest not put me on the rack-stock as men put a malefactor
Id. Hebrews 287.
If the trueth … bee called in question … it is more paynfull than a rack-stocke unto him

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