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[reyk-awf, -of]
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  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 of rake-off

1885–90, Americanism; noun use of verb phrase rake off
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British Dictionary definitions for rake off


  1. a share of profits, esp one that is illegal or given as a bribe
verb rake off
  1. (tr, adverb) to take or receive (such a share of profits)
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Idioms and Phrases with rake off

rake off

Make an unlawful profit, as in They suspected her of raking off some of the campaign contributions for her personal use. This expression alludes to the raking of chips by an attendant at a gambling table. [Late 1800s]

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