Muck-rake

muckrake

[muhk-reyk]
verb (used without object), muckraked, muckraking.
to search for and expose real or alleged corruption, scandal, or the like, especially in politics.

Origin:
1675–85; obsolete muck rake a rake for use on muck or dung. See muck, rake1

muckraker, noun
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muckrake (ˈmʌkˌreɪk)
 
n
1.  an agricultural rake for spreading manure
 
vb
2.  (intr) to seek out and expose scandal, esp concerning public figures
 
'muckraker
 
n
 
'muckraking
 
n

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