rake's progress


: 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 onIrish Statesman

Word History


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

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“Rake's progress.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rake%27s%20progress. Accessed 17 Jul. 2024.

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