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verb (used without object), muck·raked, muck·rak·ing.
  1. to search for and expose real or alleged corruption, scandal, or the like, especially in politics.
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Origin of muckrake

1675–85; obsolete muck rake a rake for use on muck or dung. See muck, rake1
Related formsmuck·rak·er, noun
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Related Words for muckrake

search, inspect, consider, explore, study, probe, question, scrutinize, interrogate, examine, review, sully, defile, disparage, scandalize, tarnish, smear, belittle, denigrate, malign

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Historical Examples of muckrake

  • Of Walt Whitman it is: "The dirty, clumsy paws of a harper whose plectrum is a muckrake."

    Shelburne Essays, Third Series

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  • The journalist might well exchange the muckrake for the pick and dig it out.

British Dictionary definitions for muckrake


  1. an agricultural rake for spreading manure
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  1. (intr) to seek out and expose scandal, esp concerning public figures
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Derived Formsmuckraker, nounmuckraking, noun
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