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muckrake

[ muhk-reyk ]
/ ˈmʌkˌreɪk /
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verb (used without object), muck·raked, muck·rak·ing.

to search for and expose real or alleged corruption, scandal, or the like, especially in politics.

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Origin of muckrake

First recorded in 1675–85; obsolete muck rake “a rake for piling up muck or dung.” The modern sense was first recorded in 1850–55. See muck, rake1
muck·rak·er, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for muckrake

muckrake
/ (ˈmʌkˌreɪk) /

noun

an agricultural rake for spreading manure

verb

(intr) to seek out and expose scandal, esp concerning public figures
muckraker, nounmuckraking, noun
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