What good can it possibly do to rake up that business all over again?
It will be hard if we cannot rake up Simon Fluke or his heirs.
"Don't let us rake up the past," she replied, her limbs beginning to tremble, for she remembered that she was Peter's wife.
But nevertheless, reflect how this marriage will rake up the old story.
It would answer no good purpose in a short sketch like the present to rake up the still smouldering ashes of that controversy.
It is foolish to rake up the past,' added the bishop, with a sigh.
During the day I would pile wood, gather potatoes, rake up after the hay-wagon, or weed the garden.
We started as soon as we could rake up all the picket-pins and rope.
A strange accident opened my eyes upon a remembrance of dishonour; which let us rake up no further.
The less said about poodles the better; why rake up the past?
"toothed tool for drawing or scraping things together," Old English raca "rake," earlier ræce, from Proto-Germanic *rak- "gather, heap up" (cf. Old Norse reka "spade, shovel," Old High German rehho, German Rechen "a rake," Gothic rikan "to heap up, collect"), from PIE *reg- (1) "move in a straight line" (cf. Greek oregein "to reach, stretch out," Latin regere "direct, rule; keep straight, guide;" see regal), perhaps via its action, or via the notion of "implement with straight pieces of wood" [Watkins].
"debauchee; idle, dissolute person," 1650s, shortening of rakehell. Hogarth's "Rake's Progress" engravings were published in 1735.
mid-13c., "clear (rubbish, grass, etc.) by raking; gather (grain) by raking," from rake (n.1), or from a lost Old English verb related to it, or from a similar Scandinavian source (cf. Swedish raka, Danish rage "rake"). Of gunfire from 1630s. Related: Raked; raking. To rake in money or something like it is from 1580s.