Technique Armed with just a common rake, Nik works in concentric circles from the base of each tree outwards.—Kristin Guy, Sunset Magazine, 7 Nov. 2023 Rug rakes are a popular option for digging deep into the pile, but some are too aggressive and can damage your rug over time.—Jandra Sutton, Washington Post, 1 Nov. 2023 Hand rakes are small, handheld rakes designed to get in and around small spaces.—Gabriel Morgan, Better Homes & Gardens, 27 Oct. 2023 But a leaf blower can make the task somewhat fun—or, at the very least, much quicker than using a rake.—Brandon Russell, Popular Mechanics, 11 Aug. 2023 Our list includes primarily leaf rakes, hand rakes, and shrub rakes.—Gabriel Morgan, Better Homes & Gardens, 27 Oct. 2023 On the second floor, framed drawings of Sal McCloskey and her mother hung on a wall near Curtis’s library of things, which includes a pickleball set, a food processor, a scanner — and, yes, a blueberry rake.—Elisabeth Egan, BostonGlobe.com, 29 Aug. 2023 Govier briefly left the snake to grab a shovel and a rake from the garage, per the outlet.—Abigail Adams, Peoplemag, 21 Aug. 2023 In order to jam nearly 18,000 seats into a ball, the designers had to insert the stands at a very steep rake; as a result, the clearance between seats is very narrow.—Carolina A. Miranda, Los Angeles Times, 12 Oct. 2023
The entire Smallbone family then bands together to help keep the family financially afloat, shown raking leaves and doing yardwork together to make money.—Tommy McArdle, Peoplemag, 14 Nov. 2023 Gabriel also considered his personal experience gleaned from years of raking for hire as a youth.—Gabriel Morgan, Better Homes & Gardens, 27 Oct. 2023 Although these private schools stayed on top, the rankings of many public universities, many of which were raked considerably low in years prior, jump up the ranks — CUNY-City College was formerly ranked 151 and now its 105, Rubin said.—Maggie Scales, BostonGlobe.com, 19 Sep. 2023 My first glimpse of Mongolia was of rolling hills draped in thin emerald grass, of cloud shadows the size of lakes and of raking beams of morning light breaking through a heavy sky.—Aatish Taseer, New York Times, 9 Nov. 2023 In addition to raking the traps, the greenskeeper at the country club also hired McConaughey to hunt the armadillos that were wreaking havoc on the greens of the golf course.—Stephanie Sengwe, Peoplemag, 2 Nov. 2023 An alternative to raking leaves is to mulch the leaves into the lawn, or use a lawnmower fitted with a collection bag or vacuum system.—Joseph Truini, Popular Mechanics, 22 Aug. 2023 Wear them while weeding, raking, planting, thatching, and scooping debris into yard waste bags to avoid punctures, scratches, splinters, and dirty fingernails.—Stephanie Osmanski, Better Homes & Gardens, 17 Oct. 2023 His chief duties are watering and raking the soil, to keep its color consistent.—Samantha Henig, The New Yorker, 9 Oct. 2023 See More
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Middle English, from Old English racu; akin to Old High German rehho rake
short for rakehell
First Known Use
before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a