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rack

a fast, four beat artifical (taught) gait of horses, similar to the running walk and slow gait, but with more up and down movement. Performed by the five-gaited American saddle horse.
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The Old Grammar School and Whitefriars Monastery should not be left to go to rack and ruin.
This once fine building, once the home of Lindley mill owner John Sykes, has been allowed to go to rack and ruin since it was vacated by Kirklees staff four years ago.
BIRMINGHAM'S leisure chief has slammed his Labour predecessors for letting the much-loved Muhammed Ali Centre go to rack and ruin.