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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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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"
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[ˈmʌkˌreɪkɪŋ] N (pej) (= digging up the past) → revelación f de trapos sucios; (in journalism) → amarillismo m, sensacionalismo m
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[ˈmʌkˌreɪkɪŋ] (fig) (fam)
1. nscandalismo
2. adjscandalistico/a
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Most of the investigative work immortalized as muckraking first surfaced in monthly magazines.
But she was also a dedicated journalist who helped to pioneer a new trend called "muckraking"--digging up abuses to expose to the public.
Clair edit the muckraking newsletter CounterPunch, which is published twice a month (see or call 1-800-840-3683).
But the surviving granddaddy of muckraking takes one last ride around the Washington merry-go-round in an engaging, often hilarious look back on a lifetime devoted to poking the eye of the powerful and the pompous.
During this period, however, some worked to end the practice of abortion: obstetricians organized against abortion as a means to establish their professional identity and attempted to gain control over the trespasses of other physicians; muckraking journalists offered exposes; and physicians were pressured to act as agents of the state in cases of abortion requests.
Muckraking and science combine with call-me-Ishmael adventure narrative in pursuit of epic environmental abuse, where fisheries are swallowed into that maelstrom of destruction euphemistically known as the global economy: bluefin depleted for sushi in Japan; Asian coasts scraped bare to satisfy a North American appetite for crustaceans; coral reefs blasted to bits to rout out delicacies for gourmets in Hong Kong.
Nader, who first came to prominence with the muckraking Unsafe at Any Speed in 1965, didn't get much attention four years ago, but the power brokers are certainly taking notice now.
But he worries that there appears to be no easy way to stop what he regards as an unpleasant trend in European business: muckraking.
The most famous, influential, and enduring of all muckraking novels, The Jungle was an expose of conditions in the Chicago stockyards.
Her own voice--by turns womanly, muckraking, passionately engaged, and analytical--does not crowd out the many voices of her subjects, but it does contribute to a multitextured, experimental ethnography.
In this first novel, Tarkington anticipated the muckraking school of a few years later.
In 1893 McClure founded McClure's Magazine, which became the most influential periodical in the country, particularly because of its muckraking articles.