[ muhk-reyk ]
/ ˈmʌkˌreɪk /

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.

Origin of muckrake

1675–85; obsolete muck rake a rake for use on muck or dung. See muck, rake1

Related forms

muck·rak·er, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for muckraking

British Dictionary definitions for muckraking


/ (ˈmʌkˌreɪk) /


an agricultural rake for spreading manure


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

Derived Forms

muckraker, nounmuckraking, noun
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