Definition of muckrake
: to search out and publicly expose real or apparent misconduct of a prominent individual or business
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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. That's when John Bunyan used it in Pilgrim's Progress to represent man's preoccupation with earthly things. "The Man with the Muckrake," he wrote, "could look no way but downward." In a 1906 speech, President Teddy Roosevelt recalled Bunyan's words while railing against journalists he thought focused too much on exposing corruption in business and government.
Origin and Etymology of muckrake
obsolete muckrake, noun, rake for dung
First Known Use: 1879
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