rake up

  1. (tr, adverb) to revive, discover, or bring to light (something forgotten): to rake up an old quarrel

Words Nearby rake up

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How to use rake up in a sentence

  • He forbade his subjects, under pain of banishment, to rake up the old causes of dispute.

    Belgium | George W. T. (George William Thomson) Omond
  • rake up the leaves, and add everything of this kind to the compost heap.

    Amateur Gardencraft | Eben E. Rexford
  • They're having a devil of a time to rake up the money every month to meet the pay-roll when it's due.

    The Iron Puddler | James J. Davis
  • "I want not to rake up bygones if you will let them be," Claude answered with a sulky air, half assumed.

    The Long Night | Stanley Weyman
  • Between the roadway and the house, Aaron knelt to rake up with his fingers a handful of the new-thawed soil.

    Blind Man's Lantern | Allen Kim Lang

Other Idioms and Phrases with rake up

rake up

Revive, bring to light, especially something unpleasant, as in She was raking up old gossip. [Late 1500s]

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