[ muhk-reyk ]
See synonyms for: muckrakemuckrakingmuckraker on

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

First recorded in 1675–85; obsolete muck rake “a rake for piling up muck or dung.” The modern sense was first recorded in 1850–55. See muck, rake1

Other words from muckrake

  • muck·rak·er, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use muckrake in a sentence

  • 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
  • One, however, was sent to the Eastern magazine which had dispatched our muckraking hero to the Golden Gate.

    The Native Son | Inez Haynes Irwin
  • The time had come, he added, to stop "muckraking" and proceed to the constructive work of removing the abuses that had grown up.

    History of the United States | Charles A. Beard and Mary R. Beard
  • Then it went daffy over the muckraking magazine exposures, and threw out all the proprietary copy.

    The Clarion | Samuel Hopkins Adams

British Dictionary definitions for muckrake


/ (ˈmʌkˌreɪk) /

  1. an agricultural rake for spreading manure

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

Derived forms of muckrake

  • muckraker, noun
  • muckraking, noun

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