from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- intransitive v. To search for and expose misconduct in public life.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. to search for and expose corruption or scandal especially as done by a journalist.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- A rake for scraping up muck or dung. See muckrake, v. i., below.
- intransitive v. To seek for, expose, or charge, especially habitually, corruption, real or alleged, on the part of public men and corporations.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A rake for scraping muck or filth. Bunyan, Pilgrim's Progress.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. explore and expose misconduct and scandals concerning public figures
HOFFER: And it has a kind of muckrake -- or a sort of -- you know, muckrakers at the beginning of the 20th century were attacking the robber barons, the great industries, for their abuses, the way they abused their workers, they way they abused public trust, and so on.
It is neither our purpose nor our desire merely to "muckrake" Pittsburg or any other city.
The noun "muckrake" (literally, a rake for "muck," i.e., manure) rose out of the dung heap and into the realm of literary metaphor in 1684.
Come on, every year the Globe and the Herald muckrake the dozens of Boston Police officers whose overtime and detail pay pushes them over the $100K/year mark.
Irrespective of the director's stated intent (see my interview below) to not muckrake (for lack of a better phrase) he inadvertently does, while straddling a fine line, also inadvertently serving the company's interest, by structuring a grand apologia and cautionary note to the future.
CNN stop covering this moron just to muckrake Palin, practice some responsible journalism .... heck, even the liberals I know are getting tired of your sensationalism.
If you want to muckrake old business, let's talk about the Kennedy's and Marilyn Monroe or Chappaquiddik.
But there's a problem: if you are going to muckrake with science, you need to be able to refute scientific evidence which doesn't agree with your hypothesis.
It's one thing to muckrake with our military under the guise of a threat to our nation's security, but that excuse went out the window years ago.
In the widely disseminated April speech, Roosevelt indicted a type of journalist who, he said, "never does anything else, who never thinks or speaks or writes, save of his feats with the muckrake, speedily becom [ing] not a help to society, not an incitement to good, but one of the most potent forces for evil."
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