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Framework torn apart, it's an exorbitant amount to pay (4-4)


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'an exorbitant amount to pay' is the definition.
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'framework torn apart' is the wordplay.
'framework' becomes 'rack' (rack is a kind of framework).
'torn apart' becomes 'rent' (past tense of 'rend', to tear or rip).

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(Other definitions for rack-rent that I've seen before include "What a predatory landlord charges" , "Excessively high charge by landlord" , "Extortionate payment demanded from a tenant" , "Extortionate amount charged for letting" .)

I've seen this clue in The Telegraph.
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