- 1An implement consisting of a pole with a crossbar toothed like a comb at the end, or with several tines held together by a crosspiece, used especially for drawing together cut grass or fallen leaves, 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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- 1Collect, gather, or move with a rake or similar implement: they started raking up hayMore example sentences
scrape up, collect, gather
- 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 (a stretch of ground) tidy or smooth with a rake: the infield dirt is meticulously raked
- 1.2Scratch 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.
- 1.3Draw or drag (something) with a long 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.
- 1.4Sweep (something) from end to end with gunfire, a look, or a beam of light: Greg let his high beams rake the shrubberyMore 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.
- 1.5 [no object] 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.
- 1.6 [no object] Search or rummage through something: Nina decided to rake through the drawers
(as) thin as a rake
- (Of a person) very thin.More 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, typically very easily: he was now raking in $250 million a yearMore example sentences
- By selling licenses to private operators instead of just handing them out to cronies, the city raked in a lot of money.
- The people in the stands are happy, the athletes win fat contracts, and the owners rake in the money.
- The company's going through an expansion period and the good salespeople are raking in insane amounts of money.
rake something up/over
- Revive the memory of an incident or period of time that is best forgotten: I have no desire to rake over the pastMore example sentences
remind people of, recollect, remember, call to mind; drag up, dredge up
- 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 dissolute or promiscuous habits.More 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, especially a stage or the floor of an auditorium) at a sloping angle.More 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.More 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.
Entry from British & World English dictionary
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'.