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Related to rake in: rakish, rake out, rake off
rake something in
1. Lit. to drawer pull something inward with a rake. Jane is raking in the leaves into a big pile.
2. Fig. to take in a lot of something, usually money. Our candidate will rake votes in by the thousand. They were raking in money by the bushel.
rake in somethingalso rake something in
to receive something valuable in large amounts University graduate students continued to rake in awards and honors this year.
Usage notes: often used about money: The fund-raiser raked in more than $23 million for the party. We were raking it in after the Times ran a review saying we were â€œthe best.â€
To win, earn, or gain something in abundance: The new business they set up is raking in a lot of cash. You certainly raked in a lot of prizes at the carnival last night!