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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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Examples for muckraking
  • Her posts are short, snappy, and muckraking to boot.
  • The central government has been cautiously encouraging a sudden burst in food safety muckraking.
  • To those not mired in partisan muckraking, clean energy still seems awfully important.
  • Three prominent muckraking journalists have received jail sentences for slander, and dozens of other writers face similar charges.
  • Articles by and about the muckraking journalist make clear that her name is synonymous with far more than cheap funerals.
  • The book he has produced is a cross between journalism and pamphlet, a piece of muckraking journalism, as he himself calls it.
British Dictionary definitions for muckraking

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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