rake-off
noun Etymology: rake off, verb; from the use of a rake by a croupier to collect the operator's profits in a gambling casino Date: 1888 a percentage or cut taken (as by an operator)

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  • rake-off — ˈrake off noun [countable] informal FINANCE a share of profits, sometimes one that is obtained secretly or dishonestly: • Corrupt officials may expect a rake off when expensive goods are imported. * * * rake off UK US noun [C] INFORMAL …   Financial and business terms

  • rake-off — n informal a dishonest share of profits →↑cut ▪ The taxi driver gets a rake off from the hotel …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • rake-off — rake offs N COUNT If someone who has helped to arrange a business deal takes or gets a rake off, they illegally or unfairly take a share of the profits. [INFORMAL] Syn: cut …   English dictionary

  • rake-off — ☆ rake off [rāk′ôf΄ ] n. [ RAKE1 + OFF1: orig. gambler s term for part of stakes raked off by the croupier as profit for the house] Slang a commission, rebate, or share, esp. when received in an illegitimate transaction …   English World dictionary

  • rake off — index decrease Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • rake-off — rake ,off noun count INFORMAL a part of the profits from a business activity, especially when someone obtains it in an unfair or dishonest way …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • rake-off — rake′ off n. 1) a share or amount taken or received illicitly 2) a share, as of profits • Etymology: 1885–90, amer …   From formal English to slang

  • rake-off — ► NOUN informal ▪ a share of the profits from a deal, especially one that is disreputable …   English terms dictionary

  • rake off — verb take money from an illegal transaction • Derivationally related forms: ↑rake off • Topics: ↑crime, ↑offense, ↑criminal offense, ↑criminal offence, ↑offence, ↑law breaking …   Useful english dictionary

  • rake off — phrasal verb [transitive] Word forms rake off : present tense I/you/we/they rake off he/she/it rakes off present participle raking off past tense raked off past participle raked off informal to take a part of the profits from something,… …   English dictionary

  • rake-off — UK / US noun [countable] Word forms rake off : singular rake off plural rake offs informal a part of the profits from a business activity, especially when someone obtains it in an unfair or dishonest way …   English dictionary

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