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intr.v. muck·raked, muck·rak·ing, muck·rakes
To search for and expose misconduct in public life.

[From the man with the muckrake, tool for raking muck, who cannot look up to heaven because he is so obsessed with the muck of worldly profit, in Pilgrim's Progress by John Bunyan.]

muck′rak′er n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.muckraker - one who spreads real or alleged scandal about another (usually for political advantage)
political science, politics, government - the study of government of states and other political units
depreciator, detractor, disparager, knocker - one who disparages or belittles the worth of something


[ˈmʌkˌreɪkəʳ] N (pej) → escarbador(a) m/f de vidas ajenas
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This grotesque institution which has been bleeding us dry for centuries, really needed Lady Muckraker to add insult to the injury it inflicts daily on our democracy.
He then pretended to speak to Guru-Murthy, 45, and said: "You are a bottom-feeding muckraker.
The prisoner was eventually exonerated and promoted, thanks to the work of novelist and muckraker Emile Zola and other self-proclaimed Dreyfusards who exposed the plot and the conspirators.
Not adverse to publicity, Pilz is a muckraker who has exposed cases of corruption in the past.
Critique: A skillful and talented writer, Ed Gibney's "Draining The Swamp" belongs to a muckraker tradition as exemplified by such American authors as Upton Sinclair's "The Jungle" (the meatpacking industry) or Sinclair Lewis' "Elmer Gantry" (organized religion).
Izzy Stone, the liberal muckraker, to try to get the Post-Dispatch a copy of the Pentagon Papers.
He was," writes Bridges, "a muckraker a quarter century before Upton Sinclair, Lincoln Steffens, and Ida Tarbell were given that name for blasting abuses and corruption in America.
Arvind Kejriwal may come across as a hit and run' muckraker, but he has a political plan in place.
The son of Virginia Congressman Jim Moran, a Democrat, resigned after the same muckraker caught him on tape talking about how to cast ballots under someone else's name.
Lynch presents the more recent chapters through the eyes of an ambitious muckraker pillaging Morgan's closets for skeletons, and it's the author's own journalistic eye for detail that turns the stereotypically gray city into something vibrantly colorful.
Although authorities have launched a criminal investigation of Navalny, the digital muckraker remains defiant, publicly taunting his enemies.
While the title implies an unnecessary promise, it barely distracts from a breathtaking account of the symbiotic relationship between muckraker Jack Anderson and President Richard Nixon, who both spent more than two decades in Washington careening between scandal and suspicion.