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[muhk-reyk] /ˈmʌkˌreɪk/
verb (used without object), muckraked, muckraking.
to search for and expose real or alleged corruption, scandal, or the like, especially in politics.
Origin of muckrake
1675-85; obsolete muck rake a rake for use on muck or dung. See muck, rake1
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muckraker, noun Unabridged
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  • muckraking began with the exposure of vice; men like Heney, Lindsey, Folk founded their reputations on the fight against it.

    A Preface to Politics Walter Lippmann
  • The muckraking added to it aroused a spirit against all success in business, whether the methods pursued were honest or not.

    Ethics in Service William Howard Taft
  • One, however, was sent to the Eastern magazine which had dispatched our muckraking hero to the Golden Gate.

    The Native Son Inez Haynes Irwin
  • muckraking was just beginning in those days, and a prying reformer came to live for a while at the Greasy Spoon.

    The Iron Puddler James J. Davis
  • I am glad to say muckraking is not so profitable now and it has been greatly reduced in volume.

    Ethics in Service William Howard Taft
  • The popular printed magazines in America had their heydey in the muckraking period about ten years ago.

    The Photoplay Hugo Mnsterberg
  • I don't believe young Mr. Surtaine will have enough money left to indulge in the luxury of muckraking, after that.

    The Clarion Samuel Hopkins Adams
British Dictionary definitions for muckraking


an agricultural rake for spreading manure
(intransitive) to seek out and expose scandal, esp concerning public figures
Derived Forms
muckraker, noun
muckraking, noun
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