verb (used without object), muck·raked, muck·rak·ing.
Examples from the Web for muckraker
Honestly, most of the posts and tweets that matter trace their way back to an ink-stained finger on some muckraker somewhere.A U.S. Thanksgiving—Family Style: Fractious but Friendly|Joshua DuBois|November 24, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Muckraker Roberto Saviano summed it up perfectly last week when he spoke at the International Journalism Festival in Perugia.
Instead, the muckraker only seemed to grow bolder and more dangerous with his every revelation.
And when the term "muckraker" came into use, I remember his deep satisfaction.The Harbor|Ernest Poole
For some moments the muckraker considered the statement thoughtfully.
Muckraker: One who sits on the fence and defames American enterprise as it marches by.The Roycroft Dictionary|Elbert Hubbard
It was a relief not to be accepted only as Everett the Muckraker, as a professional reformer, as one holier than others.
A loyal Adopted Son of California, a novelist and muckraker, returned a few years ago to the beloved land of his adoption.The Native Son|Inez Haynes Irwin
British Dictionary definitions for muckraker
Word Origin and History for muckraker
c.1600, "one who rakes muck," from muck (n.) + agent noun from rake (v.). Meaning "one who inquires into and publishes scandal and allegations of corruption among political and business leaders," popularized 1906 in speech by President Theodore Roosevelt, in reference to "man ... with a Muckrake in his hand" in Bunyan's "Pilgrim's Progress" (1684) who seeks worldly gain by raking filth.
The men with the muck-rakes are often indispensable to the well-being of society, but only if they know when to stop raking the muck. [T. Roosevelt, quoted in "Cincinnati Enquirer," April 15, 1906.]
Muckrake in sense "person who hunts scandal" is attested from 1872. To muckrake (v.) in the literal sense is from 1879; figuratively from 1910. Related: Muckraking.