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Rack and Ruin

Utter destitution. Here “rack” is a variety of wrack and wreck.

“The worst of all University snobs are those unfortunates who go to rack and ruin from their desire to ape their betters.” —Thackeray: Book of Snobs, chap. xv. p. 87.

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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