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muckrake

[muhk-reyk] /ˈmʌkˌreɪk/
verb (used without object), muckraked, muckraking.
1.
to search for and expose real or alleged corruption, scandal, or the like, especially in politics.
Origin
1675-1685
1675-85; obsolete muck rake a rake for use on muck or dung. See muck, rake1
Related forms
muckraker, noun
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  • He is among the first of the muckrakers, both in time and rank, and has the faults and merits of their qualities.
  • The muckrakers charged senators with being financially beholden to the special interests.
  • muckrakers exposed wrongdoing and suffering in politics and business.
  • muckrakers were often accused of being socialists or communists.
British Dictionary definitions for muckrakers

muckrake

/ˈmʌkˌreɪk/
noun
1.
an agricultural rake for spreading manure
verb
2.
(intransitive) to seek out and expose scandal, esp concerning public figures
Derived Forms
muckraker, noun
muckraking, noun
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muckrakers in Culture
muckrakers [(muk-ray-kuhrz)]

Authors who specialize in exposing corruption in business, government, and elsewhere, especially those who were active at the end of the nineteenth and beginning of the twentieth centuries. Some famous muckrakers were Ida M. Tarbell, Lincoln Steffens, and Upton Sinclair. President Theodore Roosevelt is credited with giving them their name.

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