[ reyk-awf, -of ]
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  1. a share or amount taken or received illicitly, as in connection with a public enterprise.

  2. a share, as of profits.

  1. a discount in the price of a commodity: We got a 20 percent rake-off on the dishwasher.

Origin of rake-off

1885–90, Americanism; noun use of verb phrase rake off

Words Nearby rake-off

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How to use rake-off in a sentence

  • The Belgians place no limit upon the number of elephants one may shoot, just so they get their rake-off.

    In Africa | John T. McCutcheon
  • They have jobbed public works and pocketed a "rake-off" on all municipal supplies.

    The Old World in the New | Edward Alsworth Ross
  • And what did he mean by his observation that there was no rake-off on the wanagan?

  • So you think there ain't going to be any rake-off on the wanagan?

  • From various dealers this chauffeur obtained a rake-off on every gallon of gasoline used, and on the purchase of new tires, etc.

British Dictionary definitions for rake-off


/ slang /

  1. a share of profits, esp one that is illegal or given as a bribe

verbrake off
  1. (tr, adverb) to take or receive (such a share of profits)

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Other Idioms and Phrases with rake-off


Make an unlawful profit, as in They suspected her of raking off some of the campaign contributions for her personal use. This expression alludes to the raking of chips by an attendant at a gambling table. [Late 1800s]

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