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[reyk-awf, -of] /ˈreɪkˌɔf, -ˌɒf/
a share or amount taken or received illicitly, as in connection with a public enterprise.
a share, as of profits.
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 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • "—you could soak it to 'em on the wanagan an' shove the rake-off in your pocket," finished the man.

  • Let that guy, Quintana, have what's his'n. All I ask is my rake-off.

    The Flaming Jewel Robert W. Chambers
  • "Wal, I reckon you made a rake-off," drawled Larry, as Neale came up.

    The U.P. Trail Zane Grey
  • He gets a rake-off every time a man buys and every time a man sells.

    Dollars and Sense Col. Wm. C. Hunter
  • For size of "rake-off," there is no game of hazard in the world offering a parallel.

    East of Suez Frederic Courtland Penfield
  • Valet gave me the tip you understand, and has to be in on the rake-off.

    The City of Fire Grace Livingston Hill
  • And what did he mean by his observation that there was no rake-off on the wanagan?

  • Ye dont do that for love of us, nor yet for a rake-off, for ye asked for none.

    The Boss of Wind River David Goodger (
  • They have jobbed public works and pocketed a "rake-off" on all municipal supplies.

    The Old World in the New Edward Alsworth Ross
  • All they had to do with the shipbuilding was to bank their rake-off.

    Burned Bridges Bertrand W. Sinclair
British Dictionary definitions for rake-off


a share of profits, esp one that is illegal or given as a bribe
(transitive, adverb) to take or receive (such a share of profits)
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Slang definitions & phrases for rake-off



  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.
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