• Polly raking her garden
    Polly raking her garden
  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Raking A space gone over with a rake; also, the work done, or the quantity of hay, grain, etc., collected, by going once over a space with a rake.
    • Raking The act or process of using a rake; the going over a space with a rake.
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Flop-over hay rake Flop-over hay rake

Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n raking The art of using a rake; a gathering or clearance with or as if with a rake; also, that which is raked or raked up.
    • n raking The act of raking into or exploring something; hence, a rigid scrutiny or examination; a depreciatory overhauling; censorious criticism.
    • raking Such as to rake: as, a raking fire.
    • raking Inclining: having a rake or inclination.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Raking the act or operation of using a rake: the space raked at once: the quantity collected at once with a rake: sharp criticism
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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.


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. raca, a rake; Ger. rechen, Ice. reka, a shovel.


In literature:

And some had got rakes, and some had got pitchforks, and some had got brooms.
"English Fairy Tales" by Flora Annie Steel
Some one had raked these into a pile.
"The Sheriff's Son" by William MacLeod Raine
She'd dig an' rake away an' be right down happy over it.
"The Secret Garden" by Frances Hodgson Burnett
Why, yuh poor boob, the feller you're backin' to rake in the chips ain't got even a ghost of a show.
"Bert Wilson in the Rockies" by J. W. Duffield
He went into the barn and came out again with a big wooden rake.
"Six Little Bunkers at Grandpa Ford's" by Laura Lee Hope
A girl carries a rake.
"Patriotic Plays and Pageants for Young People" by Constance D'Arcy Mackay
A more sottish crew of rakes you never saw.
"Heralds of Empire" by Agnes C. Laut
In garden work a steel tooth rake is a splendid garden tool.
"Trees, Fruits and Flowers of Minnesota, 1916" by Various
His wife laughed, too, as she pushed the children aside and raked out coals.
"The Cave Boy of the Age of Stone" by Margaret A. McIntyre
The southeast bastion was raked by a fire which disabled the guns and killed three men.
"The Lady of Fort St. John" by Mary Hartwell Catherwood

In poetry:

Agatha Fry, she made a pie
And Christopher John helped bake it
Christopher John, he mowed the lawn
And Agatha Fry helped rake it
"Helping" by Shel Silverstein
Grown old and faded, you bewail
The rake's insulting sally,
While round your home the Thracian gale
Storms through the lonely alley.
"The Roasting Of Lydia" by Roswell Martin Field
"My face grows sharp with the torment;
Look! my arms are skin and bone!
Rake open the red coals, goodman,
And the witch shall have her own.
"The Changeling ( From The Tent on the Beach )" by John Greenleaf Whittier
It is midday; the deep trench glares….
A buzz and blaze of flies….
The hot wind puffs the giddy airs….
The great sun rakes the skies.
"Battle" by Robert Nichols
O Sub! you certainly have been,
A little raking, roguish creature,
And in that face may still be seen,
Each laughing loves bewitching feature!
"To.............: An Impromtu" by Thomas Gent
Jeering schoolboys used to say
His chimney would never be raked away
By the moon, and you by a jest so rough
May know that his cabin was low enough.
"Sandy Macleod" by Alice Cary

In news:

Englewood Beach Park raking set Thursday.
Raking will start early in the morning and will be completed by the end of the day, according to Charlotte County Community Services.
Federal workers raking in millions in bonuses, new database shows.
Items Tagged with 'carpet raking '.
From tossing it out to raking it in.
Start raking in the dollars.
As far as leaves go in the fall, get this – people used to literally rake them.
DPW asks that all leaves be raked into the treebox space the weekend before your street's collection weeks.
Mulching leaves sometimes makes more sense than raking .
Bryce Harper is 'relaxed' and raking at Hagerstown.
Pets raking in the loot this Christmas, poll finds.
Some 45 reported tornadoes raked through five states – from Texas to Kentucky.
Ultimate Frisbee Fundraiser rakes in hundreds for charity.
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In her first bid for public office, she raked in more votes in that year's Democratic primary than any other candidate citywide, including 5-term mayor Jerry Jennings.

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