- to search for and expose real or alleged corruption, scandal, or the like, especially in politics.
Origin of muckrake
Related Words for muckrakerswench, fury, siren, hussy, bitch, hellion, carper, detractor, vixen, virago, nag, scold, battle-ax, biddy, harridan, harpy, madcap, termagant, backbiter, porcupine
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Historical Examples of muckrakers
The Prince of the Muckrakers' contribution to the literature of awakening.The Boss and the Machine
Samuel P. Orth
By the second day we had ceased to be human and had begun to act like muckrakers.
He'll make your paper the official organ of the Muckrakers' Union.The Clarion
Samuel Hopkins Adams
Muckrakers, prying into the storied past, have destroyed one after another many of the pet characters in history.Europe Revised
Irvin S. Cobb
In a few hours there was enough shame around us to have lasted all the reformers and muckrakers I know a whole month.
- an agricultural rake for spreading manure
- (intr) to seek out and expose scandal, esp concerning public figures
Authors who specialize in exposing corruption in business, government, and elsewhere, especially those who were active at the end of the nineteenth and beginning of the twentieth centuries. Some famous muckrakers were Ida M. Tarbell, Lincoln Steffens, and Upton Sinclair. President Theodore Roosevelt is credited with giving them their name.