- a share or amount taken or received illicitly, as in connection with a public enterprise.
- a share, as of profits.
- 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
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Examples from the Web for rake-off
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.The U.P. Trail
- a share of profits, esp one that is illegal or given as a bribe
- (tr, adverb) to take or receive (such a share of profits)
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