• Polly raking her garden
    Polly raking her garden
  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Rakee A kind of ardent spirits used in southern Europe and the East, distilled from grape juice, grain, etc.
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Flop-over hay rake Flop-over hay rake

Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n rakee See raki.
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  • Marcelene Cox
    Marcelene Cox
    “Parents are often so busy with the physical rearing of children that they miss the glory of parenthood, just as the grandeur of the trees is lost when raking leaves.”
  • Theodore Roosevelt
    “The men with the muck-rake are often indispensable to the well-being of society, but only if they know when to stop raking the muck.”
  • Thomas B. Macaulay
    “He was a rake among scholars, and a scholar among rakes.”
  • Daniel Defoe
    Daniel Defoe
    “Wealth, howsoever got, in England makes lords of mechanics, gentlemen of rakes; Antiquity and birth are needless here; 'Tis impudence and money makes a peer.”


Rake over old coals - (UK) If you go back to old problems and try to bring them back, making trouble for someone, you are raking over old coals.
Rake someone over the coals - (USA) If you rake someone over the coals, you criticize or scold them severely.
Tall enough to hunt geese with a rake - (USA) A person who's much taller than a person of average height.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Turk. rāqī, arrack


In literature:

That was the beginning of the trap, the white sand neatly raked over the hidden gin.
"Prisoners" by Mary Cholmondeley
He may be an utter rake; probably is, most likely he has no brains at all.
"The Loom of Youth" by Alec Waugh
A crowd of rakes that are always asking me for something whenever they get a chance.
"Woman Triumphant" by Vicente Blasco Ibañez
Den I rakes me up another batch of coals en covers de lid over wid dem.
"Slave Narratives Vol. XIV. South Carolina, Part 1" by Various
The enemy searchlight constantly raked our vicinity.
"Brigands of the Moon" by Ray Cummings
Jearum Atkins, harvester rakes.
"Scientific American, Volume XXXVI., No. 8, February 24, 1877" by Various
Before the Shovel can be used the ground must be raked clean, and after the Shovel has spaded the earth, it must be raked smooth.
"The Story of a Stuffed Elephant" by Laura Lee Hope
The parents rake the sea, and find an oak and a fir and other things, but not their daughter.
"The Hero of Esthonia and Other Studies in the Romantic Literature of That Country" by William Forsell Kirby
Those men who rake about the money are bad enough, but the women look like fiends.
"Can You Forgive Her?" by Anthony Trollope
Methodically the trio raked the basin.
"Key Out of Time" by Andre Alice Norton
It is then raked as soon as it is dried enough to rake easily, and put up into cocks.
"Clovers and How to Grow Them" by Thomas Shaw
In nine cases out of ten, he is a rake as well.
"Plain Facts for Old and Young" by John Harvey Kellogg
And they had rakes, and brooms, and pitchforks, reaching into the pond; and the gentleman asked what was the matter.
"Childhood's Favorites and Fairy Stories" by Various
We borrowed what tools we could, and manufactured spades and hoes and rakes out of wood.
"Hurricane Hurry" by W.H.G. Kingston
I'm goin' to build me a barricade so you birds can't rake the back bar through the window.
"Prairie Flowers" by James B. Hendryx
If I go to Warren Hatch, the man may become angry, and give his son a raking down that will do more harm than good.
"Frank Merriwell's Pursuit" by Burt L. Standish
Den she made pappy rake up de ashes an' th'ow dem in de creek.
"Slave Narratives: a Folk History of Slavery in the United States" by Various
The croupier with his rake pushed the money on to seventeen.
"Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 146, April 8, 1914" by Various
Rake out that bottom bar to make a draught.
"The Love Affairs of Pixie" by Mrs George de Horne Vaizey
You let me have it and I'll rake in fifty subscriptions before three o'clock.
"Old Ebenezer" by Opie Read

In poetry:

Still idle, with a busy air,
Deep whimsies to contrive;
The gayest valetudinaire,
Most thinking rake, alive.
"Farewell to London" by Alexander Pope
The harlot and the anchorite,
The martyr and the rake,
Deftly He fashions each aright,
Its vital part to take.
"Religio Medici" by Arthur Conan Doyle
A spade and rake for comrades,
the smell of rain-wet mould,-
and every time we turn a clod
we turn a mint of gold.
"A Little Bit Of Garden" by William Henry Ogilvie
BENEATH the low-hung night cloud
That raked her splintering mast
The good ship settled slowly,
The cruel leak gained fast.
"The Three Bells" by John Greenleaf Whittier
Like clouds that rake the mountain-summits,
Or waves that own no curbing hand,
How fast has brother followed brother,
From sunshine to the sunless land!
"Extempore Effusion upon the Death of James Hogg" by William Wordsworth
No rake takes here what Heaven to all bestows--
Children of want, for you the bounty flows!
And every cottage from the plenteous store
Receives a burden nightly at its door.
"The Farmer's Boy - Summer" by Robert Bloomfield

In news:

The most common rake is the wheel rake .
Digital cable raking in the subs.
'Gump,' a Huge Hit, Still Isn't Raking In Huge Profits.
The rake is attached to a swing arm mounted on the cylinder's yoke.
One of those lazy days to rake the leaves or, in many cases, use a leaf blower, moving them who knows where.
One man is accused of hitting the other with a rake used for spreading rocks.
Paul Simson and Patty Moore just keep on raking in the Player of the Year Awards in the Carolinas Golf Association.
Gerard Butler is a foul-mouthed rake who bangs everything in sight.
Tornadoes and violent storms raked through the Dallas area Tuesday, crumbling the wing of a nursing home, peeling roofs from dozens of homes and spiraling big-rig trailers into the air like footballs.
Two Indiana towns were heavily damaged Friday as another round of deadly tornadoes raked the Midwest.
Time to break out the rakes and get them to the curb.
University of Michigan raked in $6 million in licensing revenue from June 2011 to July 2012, and it didn't all come from hoodies and T-shirts.
Tedding, raking, merging and other mechanical haying methods were examined for their usefulness by Dan Undersander, University of Wisconsin extension forage specialist.
Despite Black Friday Protest, Retailer Rakes in Profits.
Rake's End transforms from motorcycle club to artsy drinkery.

In science:

We call the vertex v1 the top of the rake and the other vertices the common vertices.
Difference between minimum light numbers of sigma-game and lit-only sigma-game
Let G be a rake with k teeth and an n-hand le; see Fig. 4.
Difference between minimum light numbers of sigma-game and lit-only sigma-game
Let H ′ be the rake with top u1 obtained from G by removing S = NG (u2) ∩ (V (G) \ V (H )).
Difference between minimum light numbers of sigma-game and lit-only sigma-game
Lemma 19 to get that there exists R ⊆ U ∪ V such that x Observe that both G[U ∪ {u}] and G[V ∪ {u}] are rakes with top u.
Difference between minimum light numbers of sigma-game and lit-only sigma-game
This two-stage approach is sometimes called the trivial two-stage algorithm; we refer to this two-stage algorithm as the rake-and-winnow approach.
Improved Combinatorial Group Testing Algorithms for Real-World Problem Sizes
We can then use this matrix as the first round in a two-round rake-and-winnow testing strategy, where the second round simply involves our individual testing of the at most d + k samples left as potential positive samples from the first rou nd.
Improved Combinatorial Group Testing Algorithms for Real-World Problem Sizes
This corollary implies that we can construct a rake-and-winnow algorithm where the first stage involves performing O(d log (n/d)) tests, which is within a (small) constant factor of the information theoretic lower bound, and the second round involves individually testing at most 2d samples.
Improved Combinatorial Group Testing Algorithms for Real-World Problem Sizes
Another feature of the author’s method of search results raking is the constant training of the system, since mostly all of its users may be considered as teaching experts.
A Search Relevancy Tuning Method Using Expert Results Content Evaluation