rake's progress

noun

Definition of rake's progress

  1. :  a reckless course :  a steady deterioration while a painful policy of deflation is being pursued in some countries, the inflationary rake's progress is going merrily on — Irish Statesman

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Origin and Etymology of rake's progress

from The Rake's Progress (1735), series of engravings by William Hogarth †1764 English artist


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