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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.muckraking - the exposure of scandal (especially about public figures)
exposure - the disclosure of something secret; "they feared exposure of their campaign plans"


[ˈmʌkˌreɪkɪŋ] N (pej) (= digging up the past) → revelación f de trapos sucios; (in journalism) → amarillismo m, sensacionalismo m


[ˈmʌkˌreɪkɪŋ] (fig) (fam)
1. nscandalismo
2. adjscandalistico/a
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These Russian muckrakers reveal how much the agency once headed by Vladimir Putin inherited from its predecessor--from its old Bolshevik fight songs and the infamous Lefortovo prison to its obsession with monitoring dissidents and journalists.
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