- 1An implement consisting of a pole with a toothed crossbar or fine tines at the end, used especially for drawing together cut grass or smoothing loose soil or gravel.More example sentences
- Moving the soil surface with a rake in winter will expose many slugs and their eggs to frost damage.
- Loosen the soil with a rake to aerate it and remove any weeds and small stones.
- However, I did read somewhere that you can rip up the dead grass, with a metal rake, and reseed.
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- 1Draw together with a rake or similar implement: they started raking up hayMore example sentences
- You can help control it by raking up and disposing of the fallen leaves in autumn.
- We spent several hours this morning raking up the leaves and sawing up the fallen trees in our yard.
- But if you try and use it for raking up the leaves, you'll just make a mess of the garden.
- 1.1Make (ground) smooth with a rake: I sometimes rake over the allotment
- 2Scratch or scrape (something, especially a person’s flesh) with a long sweeping movement: her fingers raked Bill’s faceMore example sentences
- Their icy fingers raked my flesh as I swung my arm wildly.
- Mitsurugi's claws bit into flesh and raked across her chest.
- The first shot of this is an establishing shot with a stone table, restraints and a table with canes, whips, and instruments for raking flesh.
- 2.1 [with object and adverbial of direction] Draw or drag (something) through something with a sweeping movement: she raked a comb through her hairMore example sentences
- Ethan raked a hand back through his hair and drew in a breath.
- I must keep her sweet so that she doesn't rake my scalp with the comb.
- Now entirely awake, Asa grabbed a comb off the desk and began to rake it through her long, dripping brown hair.
- 2.2Sweep (something) from end to end with gunfire, a look, or a beam of light: the road was raked with machine-gun fireMore example sentences
- Machine gun fire began raking the fields, and muzzle flashes illuminated the underbrush of the nearby trees.
- Suddenly machine-gun fire raked the bridge and the pilothouse, shattering the safety windows.
- A burst of machinegun fire raked the spot I had been previously.
- 2.3 [no object, with adverbial of direction] Move across something with a long sweeping movement: his icy gaze raked mercilessly over Lissa’s slender figureMore example sentences
- Leaning against the doorjam, his eyes watched her every move, raking over her soft curves and taut skin boldly.
- ‘No problem, sweetie,’ he told her, his gaze raking over her body.
- She saw the question in his eyes and smiled sweetly, her gaze raking over him swiftly.
- 2.4 [no object, with adverbial] Search or rummage through something: he raked through his pockets and brought out a five-pound noteMore example sentences
- He's raking through the bins searching for anything recyclable to put in his already bulging trolley.
- He placed his bag down on the dark ground and began to rake through it.
rake over (old) coals (or rake over the ashes)
- chiefly British Revive the memory of an incident which is best forgotten: no point in raking over old coals, opening old soresMore example sentences
- It's hard to know of which he is more ashamed - purposely ignoring a man with facial scarring or being caught raking over the ashes of his career at a sci-fi fair.
- Last Friday in Edinburgh, Masterton and Burt were still raking over the ashes over their loss.
- They don't want to rake over old coals or engage in mudslinging but they stand by their investigation and are quite happy for work to be looked at and let the public judge it.
(as) thin as a rake
- (Of a person) very thin: in spite of all this food I remained as thin as a rakeMore example sentences
- He's short, receding, sallow-skinned and thin as a rake!
- He should be thin as a rake.
- Soon she will realise that no matter how much the old boy eats he stays thin as a rake.
rake something in
- • informal Make a lot of money: the shop’s raking it in nowMore example sentences
- You've got to have a lot of time to put into investing in stocks in order to do it right and rake the money in.
- They want to continue raking the cash in by sitting on the boards of companies.
- I know someone who erects TV aerials around the local area and he's raking it in.
rake something up/over
- Revive the memory of an incident or period that is best forgotten: I have no desire to rake over the pastMore example sentences
- In the Narasimha Rao years, the issue was raked up when the Prime Minister held the post of the party president, and several chief ministers did not give up PCC presidentship.
- Although it would mean raking up painful memories, he did make a statement.
- Why was I raking up the past and what was my ‘agenda’?
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- They said I would be a bad influence on the other sand rakers from the 3rd grade.
- Yank the summer beachball backdrop and roll in the back-to-school yellow pencils, the scrapy noise of leaf rakers, the harvest of pumpkins, knee socked girls in wool kilts.
Old English raca, racu, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch raak and German Rechen, from a base meaning 'heap up'; the verb is partly from Old Norse raka 'to scrape, shave'.
- A fashionable or wealthy man of immoral or promiscuous habits: a merry Restoration rakeMore example sentences
- His brother, after living the dissolute life of a rake, had fled England at the end of the war to escape his debts.
- Perhaps more surprisingly, Lucio, the rake and libertine, also sees the value of chastity.
- Willoughby is a rake, seducing women without thinking of either their feelings or the consequences of his actions.
mid 17th century: abbreviation of archaic rakehell in the same sense.
- 1Set (something) at a sloping angle: the floor is steeply rakedMore example sentences
- The prologue opened with a stark black, steeply raked stage with just a chair for Swallow.
- The seats are steeply raked and we look down at the operating table, a slab of wood like a butcher's block.
- The seats are steeply raked but there is plenty of room between aisles.
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- 1 [in singular] The angle at which a thing slopes: you can adjust the rake of the backrestsMore example sentences
- To do this, cut 6 inches off the first shingle of the second course at the rake of the slope.
early 17th century: probably related to German ragen 'to project', of unknown ultimate origin; compare with Swedish raka.
early 20th century (originally Scots and northern English): from Old Norse rák 'stripe, streak', from an alteration of rek- 'to drive'. The word was in earlier use in the senses 'path, groove' and 'vein of ore'.