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

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

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

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Word Origin & History

"one who inquires into and publishes scandal and allegations of corruption among political and business leaders," popularized 1906 in speech by President Theodore Roosevelt, in allusion to character in Bunyan's "Pilgrim's Progress" (1684) who seeks worldly gain by raking filth.
"The men with the muck-rakes are often indispensable to the well-being of society, but only if they know when to stop raking the muck." [T. Roosevelt, quoted in "Cincinnati Enquirer," April 15, 1906.]
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Example sentences
He tells this toxic story with visual flair and the statistical punch of an inspired muckraker.
After twenty years in the field, he won renown as a muckraker and politician.
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