Meaning of “muckraking” in the English Dictionary

"muckraking" in British English

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muckrakingnoun [ U ]

uk /ˈmʌkˌreɪ.kɪŋ/ us /ˈmʌkˌreɪ.kɪŋ/ disapproving

the activity, especially by newspapers and reporters, of trying to find out unpleasant information about people or organizations in order to make it public:

There was so much muckraking about his family life that he decided not to stand for election.
noun [ C ] uk /ˈmʌkˌreɪ.kər/ us /ˈmʌkˌreɪ.kɚ/

(Definition of “muckraking” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)