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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Historical Examples of muckraking

  • The muckraking added to it aroused a spirit against all success in business, whether the methods pursued were honest or not.

    Ethics in Service

    William Howard Taft

  • Muckraking was just beginning in those days, and a prying reformer came to live for a while at the Greasy Spoon.

    The Iron Puddler

    James J. Davis

  • The popular printed magazines in America had their heydey in the muckraking period about ten years ago.

    The Photoplay

    Hugo Mnsterberg

  • I wish I'd had all the facts about who this red-haired female Machiavelli was—what a piece of muckraking it would have made!

    The Silent Bullet

    Arthur B. Reeve

  • Muckraking began with the exposure of vice; men like Heney, Lindsey, Folk founded their reputations on the fight against it.

    A Preface to Politics

    Walter Lippmann


British Dictionary definitions for muckraking

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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