muckrake


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muck·rake

 (mŭk′rāk′)
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.

muckrake

(ˈmʌkˌreɪk)
n
(Agriculture) an agricultural rake for spreading manure
vb
(intr) to seek out and expose scandal, esp concerning public figures. Also called: muckspread
ˈmuckˌraker n
ˈmuckˌraking n

muck•rake

(ˈmʌkˌreɪk)

v.i. -raked, -rak•ing.
to search for and expose corruption, scandal, or the like, esp. in politics.
(Amer.; popularized by T. Roosevelt in 1906, in a speech alluding to the Man with the Muckrake in Bunyan's Pilgrim's Progress]
muck′rak`er, n.

muckrake


Past participle: muckraked
Gerund: muckraking

Imperative
muckrake
muckrake
Present
I muckrake
you muckrake
he/she/it muckrakes
we muckrake
you muckrake
they muckrake
Preterite
I muckraked
you muckraked
he/she/it muckraked
we muckraked
you muckraked
they muckraked
Present Continuous
I am muckraking
you are muckraking
he/she/it is muckraking
we are muckraking
you are muckraking
they are muckraking
Present Perfect
I have muckraked
you have muckraked
he/she/it has muckraked
we have muckraked
you have muckraked
they have muckraked
Past Continuous
I was muckraking
you were muckraking
he/she/it was muckraking
we were muckraking
you were muckraking
they were muckraking
Past Perfect
I had muckraked
you had muckraked
he/she/it had muckraked
we had muckraked
you had muckraked
they had muckraked
Future
I will muckrake
you will muckrake
he/she/it will muckrake
we will muckrake
you will muckrake
they will muckrake
Future Perfect
I will have muckraked
you will have muckraked
he/she/it will have muckraked
we will have muckraked
you will have muckraked
they will have muckraked
Future Continuous
I will be muckraking
you will be muckraking
he/she/it will be muckraking
we will be muckraking
you will be muckraking
they will be muckraking
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been muckraking
you have been muckraking
he/she/it has been muckraking
we have been muckraking
you have been muckraking
they have been muckraking
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been muckraking
you will have been muckraking
he/she/it will have been muckraking
we will have been muckraking
you will have been muckraking
they will have been muckraking
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been muckraking
you had been muckraking
he/she/it had been muckraking
we had been muckraking
you had been muckraking
they had been muckraking
Conditional
I would muckrake
you would muckrake
he/she/it would muckrake
we would muckrake
you would muckrake
they would muckrake
Past Conditional
I would have muckraked
you would have muckraked
he/she/it would have muckraked
we would have muckraked
you would have muckraked
they would have muckraked
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.muckrake - explore and expose misconduct and scandals concerning public figures; "This reporter was well-known for his muckraking"
disclose, let on, divulge, expose, give away, let out, reveal, unwrap, discover, bring out, break - make known to the public information that was previously known only to a few people or that was meant to be kept a secret; "The auction house would not disclose the price at which the van Gogh had sold"; "The actress won't reveal how old she is"; "bring out the truth"; "he broke the news to her"; "unwrap the evidence in the murder case"
Translations

muckrake

[ˈmʌkreɪk] VI (pej) (= dig up past) → revelar los trapos sucios; (= pry) → buscar y revelar cosas vergonzosas en la vida de otros, escarbar vidas ajenas
References in periodicals archive ?
with a Muckrake in his hand," who busies himself so much with raking the muck--that is, with attending to worldly things--that his gaze is always downward and he never sees a celestial crown held above him.
There is filth on the floor, and it must be scraped up with the muckrake," Theodore Roosevelt told journalists investigating corruption in the Senate in 1906; but, he added, those who insist on publicly exposing that filth risk becoming "one of the most potent forces of evil.
The name was pejorative when used by President Theodore Roosevelt in his speech of April 14, 1906; he borrowed a passage from John Bunyan's Pilgrim's Progress , which referred to the man with the muckrake who "could look no way but downwards.