Muck rake

Muck´ rake`

v. i.1.A rake for scraping up muck or dung. See Muckrake, v. i., below.
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FLOCKTON: February 19: thief steals muck rake from insecure shed.
Concerned with what he thought was excessive sensationalism, particularly in David Graham Phillips' "The Treason of the Senate," Roosevelt criticized those who, like the man with the muck rake in Bunyan's Pilgrim's Progress, always looked down at the muck and never looked up toward real progress.
Roosevelt, The man with the muck rake, (speech of April 15, 1906), in R.