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Definition of raking (Meaning of raking)
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Rake Rake, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Raked} (r[=a]kt); p. pr. & vb.
	     n. {Raking}.] [AS. racian. See 1st {Rake}.]
	     1. To collect with a rake; as, to rake hay; -- often with up;
	        as, he raked up the fallen leaves.
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	     2. Hence: To collect or draw together with laborious
	        industry; to gather from a wide space; to scrape together;
	        as, to rake together wealth; to rake together slanderous
	        tales; to rake together the rabble of a town.
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	     3. To pass a rake over; to scrape or scratch with a rake for
	        the purpose of collecting and clearing off something, or
	        for stirring up the soil; as, to rake a lawn; to rake a
	        flower bed.
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	     4. To search through; to scour; to ransack.
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	              The statesman rakes the town to find a plot.
	                                                    --Swift.
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	     5. To scrape or scratch across; to pass over quickly and
	        lightly, as a rake does.
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	              Like clouds that rake the mountain summits.
	                                                    --Wordsworth.
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	     6. (Mil.) To enfilade; to fire in a direction with the length
	        of; in naval engagements, to cannonade, as a ship, on the
	        stern or head so that the balls range the whole length of
	        the deck.
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	     {To rake up}.
	        (a) To collect together, as the fire (live coals), and
	            cover with ashes.
	        (b) To bring up; to search out and bring to notice again;
	            as, to rake up old scandals.
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	  Raking Rak"ing (r[=a]k"[i^]ng), n.
	     1. The act or process of using a rake; the going over a space
	        with a rake.
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	     2. A space gone over with a rake; also, the work done, or the
	        quantity of hay, grain, etc., collected, by going once
	        over a space with a rake.
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	  muckrake muck"rake`, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {-raked}; p. pr. &
	     vb. n. {-raking}.]
	     To seek for, expose, or charge, especially habitually,
	     corruption, real or alleged, on the part of public men and
	     corporations.
	
	     Note: On April 14, 1906, President Roosevelt delivered a
	           speech on ``The Man with the Muck Rake,'' in which he
	           deprecated sweeping and unjust charges of corruption
	           against public men and corporations. The phrase was
	           taken up by the press, and the verb to {muckrake}, in
	           the above sense, and the noun muckraker, to designate
	           one so engaged, were speedily coined and obtained wide
	           currency. The original allusion was to a character in
	           Bunyan's ``Pilgrim's Progress'' so intent on raking up
	           muck that he could not see a celestial crown held above
	           him.
	           [Webster 1913 Suppl.]

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.44
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