rake over

phrasal verb
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of rake over

chiefly British, informal
: to continue to think or talk about (something that happened in the past)
  • Don't spend so much time raking over the past.

Word by Word Definitions

rake play
  1. : an implement equipped with projecting prongs to gather material (such as leaves) or for loosening or smoothing the surface of the ground

  2. : a machine for gathering hay

  3. : an implement like a rake

  1. : to gather, loosen, or smooth with or as if with a rake

  2. : to gain rapidly or in abundance

  3. : to touch in passing over lightly

  1. : inclination from the perpendicular

  2. : inclination from the horizontal : slope

  3. : the angle between the top cutting surface of a tool and a plane perpendicular to the surface of the work

  1. : to incline from the perpendicular

  1. : a dissolute person : libertine

over play
  1. : across a barrier or intervening (see intervene 4) space

  2. : forward beyond an edge or brink and often down

  3. : across the brim

  1. used as a function word to indicate motion or situation in a position higher than or above another

  2. used as a function word to indicate the possession of authority, power, or jurisdiction in regard to some thing or person

  3. used as a function word to indicate superiority, advantage, or preference

  1. : upper, higher

  2. : outer, covering

  3. : excessive

  1. : to leap over

  1. : so as to exceed or surpass

  2. : excessive

  3. : to an excessive degree


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