follow Dictionary.com

Stories We Like: Novels For Language Lovers

rake-off

[reyk-awf, -of] /ˈreɪkˌɔf, -ˌɒf/
noun
1.
a share or amount taken or received illicitly, as in connection with a public enterprise.
2.
a share, as of profits.
3.
a discount in the price of a commodity:
We got a 20 percent rake-off on the dishwasher.
Origin
1885-1890
1885-90, Americanism; noun use of verb phrase rake off
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source
British Dictionary definitions for rake-off

rake-off

noun
1.
a share of profits, esp one that is illegal or given as a bribe
verb
2.
(transitive, adverb) to take or receive (such a share of profits)
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Slang definitions & phrases for rake-off

rake-off

noun
  1. A gambling house's percentage of each pot or stake
  2. An illegal or unethical share or payment

[1888+; fr the rake used by casino croupiers]


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for rake-off

Few English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for rake

8
8
Scrabble Words With Friends

Quotes with rake-off

Nearby words for rake-off