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  • Mellowes on the rack confessed to having received it from him.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 8: Infamy-Lapparent

  • We had now to wait for young Branghton, who did not appear for some time; and during this interval it was with difficulty that I avoided Sir Clement, who was on the rack of curiosity, and dying to speak to me.

    Evelina: or, The History of a Young Lady's Entrance Into the World

  • He collected his bag, stowed it in a clear space on the rack above the shy young man's head, thrust his golf-clubs on the opposite rack and, positively blushing and regarding the girl with pathetic humility, he reclaimed his magazines.

    The Return of Mr Campion

  • A skull mounted on the rack for emphasis had an axhead still embedded in it.

    Father Swarat

  • I watched a wardrobe man come in and gather up the uniforms, toss them like rags in a corner, and replace them on the rack with blue and gold-braided uniforms marked “Custer” with my name on them.

    An American Life

  • Our mother had a vivid recollection of once, when still a little child, sitting down at the piano, placing an open music-book on the rack (though she could not yet read music), and beginning to pound and thump the keys with might and main.

    Julia Ward Howe, 1819-1910

  • The dish-towels are those hanging on the rack over the stove.

    Understood Betsy

  • "Stretch'd no longer on the rack of this rough world."

    Journal Kept During The Russian War: From The Departure Of The Army From England In April 1854, To The Fall Of Sebastopol

  • A long and sleepless night behind them; hours of cruelly back-breaking toil in the metal jungle of the machinery space; that lifetime of tearing tension when they had not known whether they were going to live or die but had believed they were going to die; the poisonous fumes that had laid them all on the rack -- all of these combined had taken cruel toll of their reserves of physical and mental energy, and the crew of the Dolphin were now sleep-ridden and exhausted as they had never been.

    Ice Station Zebra

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