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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.
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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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She is similarly good on Akbar Ganji, the former Revolutionary Guard propagandist turned muck-racking journalist, who is also now exiled in the West.
Intense policy battles will be welcomed but the electorate will feel short-changed if instead we see squalid attacks on political personalities and the type of vulgar muck-racking that defines so many American political battles.
While this anchor does quite a bit of muck-racking through his programme much to the consternation of many judges bureaucrats and the like he is often seen on the streets covering various events for his channel.