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rake-off

[reyk-awf, -of]
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noun
  1. a share or amount taken or received illicitly, as in connection with a public enterprise.
  2. a share, as of profits.
  3. a discount in the price of a commodity: We got a 20 percent rake-off on the dishwasher.
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Origin of rake-off

1885–90, Americanism; noun use of verb phrase rake off
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Examples from the Web for rake-off

Historical Examples

  • He gets a rake-off every time a man buys and every time a man sells.

    Dollars and Sense

    Col. Wm. C. Hunter

  • For size of "rake-off," there is no game of hazard in the world offering a parallel.

    East of Suez

    Frederic Courtland Penfield

  • Let that guy, Quintana, have what's his'n. All I ask is my rake-off.

    The Flaming Jewel

    Robert W. Chambers

  • True, a few gems were found, but nothing to compare with their rake-off.

    Chums of the Camp Fire

    Lawrence J. Leslie

  • "Wal, I reckon you made a rake-off," drawled Larry, as Neale came up.


British Dictionary definitions for rake-off

rake-off

noun
  1. a share of profits, esp one that is illegal or given as a bribe
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verb rake off
  1. (tr, adverb) to take or receive (such a share of profits)
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