intransitive verb Etymology: obsolete muckrake, noun, rake for dung Date: 1910 to search out and publicly expose real or apparent misconduct of a prominent individual or business • muckraker noun

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • muckrake — muck rake , v. i. [imp. & p. p. { raked}; p. pr. & vb. n. { raking}.] To seek for, expose, or charge, especially habitually, corruption, real or alleged, on the part of public men and corporations. Note: On April 14, 1906, President Roosevelt… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • muckrake — index disapprove (condemn), expose Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • muckrake — ☆ muckrake [muk′rāk΄] vi. muckraked, muckraking [inspired by the allusion by ROOSEVELT2 Theodore in a speech (1906) to the man with the muck rake in Bunyan s Pilgrim s Progress ] to search for and publicize, as in newspapers, any real or alleged… …   English World dictionary

  • muckrake — v.intr. search out and reveal scandal, esp. among famous people. Derivatives: muckraker n. muckraking n. * * * verb explore and expose misconduct and scandals concerning public figures This reporter was well known for his muckraking •… …   Useful english dictionary

  • muckrake — muck•rake [[t]ˈmʌkˌreɪk[/t]] v. i. raked, rak•ing to search for and expose corruption, scandal, or the like, esp. in politics • Etymology: amer.; popularized by T. Roosevelt in 1906, in a speech alluding to the Man with the Muckrake in Bunyan s… …   From formal English to slang

  • muckrake — muckraker, n. /muk rayk /, v.i., muckraked, muckraking. to search for and expose real or alleged corruption, scandal, or the like, esp. in politics. [1675 85; obs. muck rake a rake for use on muck or dung. See MUCK, RAKE1] * * * …   Universalium

  • muckrake — verb to search for and expose corruption or scandal especially as done by a journalist …   Wiktionary

  • muckrake — v. reveal corruption, expose scandal …   English contemporary dictionary

  • muckrake — gossip, tell bad stories    If you talk about your opponent, try to avoid muckraking …   English idioms

  • muckrake — muck·rake …   English syllables

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