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buckraking

[ buhk-reyk-ing ]
/ ˈbʌkˌreɪk ɪŋ /
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noun Slang.

the practice of accepting large sums of money for speaking to special interest groups.

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Origin of buckraking

1945–50; modeled on muckraking (see muckrake)
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