intransitive verb-·raked·, -·rak·ing
to search for and publicize, as in newspapers, any real or alleged corruption or scandal by public figures, esp. politicians
Origin of muckrakeinspired by the allusion by Theodore Roosevelt in a speech (1906) to the man with the muck rake in Bunyan's Pilgrim's Progress
intransitive verbmuck·raked, muck·rak·ing, muck·rakes
To search for and expose misconduct in public life.
Origin of muckrakeFrom 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
(third-person singular simple present muckrakes, present participle muckraking, simple past and past participle muckraked)