rake-off

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n rake-off a percentage (of winnings or loot or profit) taken by an operator or gangster
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n rake-off In gambling games, the amount or percentage taken by the house or the banker.
    • n rake-off An amount or percentage of money taken by a party to a contract or enterprise as his share of the spoils; specifically, a share of money illegally taken in a public enterprise.
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Usage

In literature:

Early in April this was raked off and the edges of the bed made straight, for the grass always grows in a little each year.
"Trees, Fruits and Flowers of Minnesota, 1916" by Various
After the fire had burned down into the log a way, the men raked off the hot coals.
"The Cave Boy of the Age of Stone" by Margaret A. McIntyre
Why didn't you rake off these dahlias as I told you to yesterday?
"The Heart's Kingdom" by Maria Thompson Daviess
Off with you, sir, since you are a husband, a reformed rake, and a church-goer.
"Girlhood and Womanhood" by Sarah Tytler
From this the clover is raked off into bunches with a rake.
"Clovers and How to Grow Them" by Thomas Shaw
Isn't this a monumental rake-off for a non-profesh?
"The Statesmen Snowbound" by Robert Fitzgerald
Here Tony gave his pipe another rake in the embers, took a few puffs, and fell off his log fast asleep.
"The Dismal Swamp and Lake Drummond, Early recollections" by Robert Arnold
And six weeks later he'd carelessly rested a red hot clinker rake on his right foot and had seared off a couple of toes.
"Torchy As A Pa" by Sewell Ford
Stop at certain hotels: a rake-off there.
"The Trail of '98" by Robert W. Service
Mrs. Minto wearily threw off her dingy cloak and raked the fire, so that the kettle began to boil.
"Coquette" by Frank Swinnerton
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In poetry:

Maud Muller on a summer's day,
Raked the meadows, sweet with hay.
Nor was this just a grand-stand play;
Maud got a rake-off, so they say.
"Modern Maud Muller" by Edwin Carty Ranck
Nights off the Horn, and the ice on our spars . . .
Tall skysail clippers a-raking the stars . . .
With a “blow the man up, bullies, blow the man down” . . .
And a crew of hard cases from Liverpool town!
"The Old Shellback" by Cicely Fox Smith

In news:

You'll need a clam rake or clam hoe—this looks just like a pitchfork's forked end cut off and bent at a 70-degree angle.
Nikkel Iron Works unveiled the new 1017 model DARF hay rake at its recent national sales meeting, and will show it off to the general public at trade shows throughout the west starting in November.
Rake leaves off the roof first.
SHAFTER, Calif – Nikkel Iron Works unveiled the new 1017 model DARF hay rake at its recent national sales meeting, and will show it off to the general public at trade shows throughout the west starting in November.
The former Bain Capital CEO raked in millions while laying off workers.
NY woman, 86, falls off cliff while raking leaves.
Lottery landscape, scratch-offs raking in the cash.
People used to just rake the leaves off their lawns to keep the grass from getting smothered, but they left the leaves in shrub beds and borders.
Madonna 's massive, controversy-skirting MDNA tour has paid off: the Material Girl raked in $228 million from the live shows, making her muscular jaunt around the world the year's highest grossing tour, Billboard reports.
I'll admit to putting off raking leaves as long as I possibly can.
CEOs lay off thousands, rake in millions.
Maryville showed off its hitting ability in a weekend sweep that saw the Scots rake in 30 hits in two games, and it wasn't a one-time fling.
Since 1982, creator-writer Gerard Alessandrini has raked Broadway over the coals with his annually updated Forbidden Broadway series, which ended its venerable Off-Broadway run in March.
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