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It means that under pressure for a certain answer, one might provide that answer not because it is true, but to relieve himself of the pressure.

For example, if a suspect is being tortured for information he does not possess, he might invent false information if he believes it will bring an end to his torture.

The saying makes a reference to the rack, a medieval torture device where one would have his arms and legs tied to ropes that are attached to large wheels that pull the ropes in opposite directions, thus stretching the victim.

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