muckrake

[muhk-reyk]
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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.

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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muckrake

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