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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.]
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(Agriculture) an agricultural rake for spreading manure
(intr) to seek out and expose scandal, esp concerning public figures. Also called: muckspread
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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]
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Past participle: muckraked
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|Verb||1.||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"
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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
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