Muckrake definitions

mŭk'rāk'
To search for and expose misconduct in public life.
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To search for and publicize, as in newspapers, any real or alleged corruption or scandal by public figures, esp. politicians.
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To search for and expose corruption or scandal especially as done by a journalist.
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Origin of muckrake

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