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English definition of “muckraking”

muckraking

noun [U] uk   /ˈmʌkˌreɪ.kɪŋ/ disapproving us  
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.The press and news reporting
muckraker
noun [C] uk   /-kər/ us    /-kɚ/
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