Rake-off definition

rākôf, -ŏf
A percentage or share of the profits of an enterprise, especially one given or accepted as a bribe.
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(informal) A commission, rebate, or share, esp. when received in an illegitimate transaction.
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A percentage of an amount of money taken by a third-party as a bribe or as part of an unlawful enterprise.
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Used other than as an idiom: rake off.

Rake leaves off the road.

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To remove (something from something) in a sweeping motion.

He used hs arm to rake the books off the shelf.

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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
rake-off
Plural:
rake-offs

Origin of rake-off

  • From the rake used by a croupier in a gambling house

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition