rake off


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rake something off (of) something

 and rake something off
to remove something from something by raking. (Of is usually retained before pronouns.) Please rake the leaves off the lawn. Rake off the leaves.
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rake off

Make an unlawful profit, as in They suspected her of raking off some of the campaign contributions for her personal use . This expression alludes to the raking of chips by an attendant at a gambling table. [Late 1800s]
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Crozier says the Government would make a good partner in the National Stadium project because they rake off more than pounds 300m in tax from the game.
With deeper silt, rake off the excess and use it as a top dressing on beds and the vegetable patch.
In turn, he was taking a rake off selling them on to classmates.
The humble acorn we city folk used to rake off our lawns as a nuisance is gathered widely on our place today.
The substantial profit they are able to rake off could be used for much needed road improvements in other parts of Wales.
Measures to be announced this week will also include a crackdown on greedy landlords who rake off millions in tenants' housing benefits.
They actually rake off pounds 5 million a week - and in the first year of operation, the figure reached pounds 8 million a week.
And there are allegations of an even bigger gambling rake off from the semi-final second leg in Russia, when Advocaat's side thrashed hot favourites Bayern Munich to reach the final.
Don't go raving mad, put the blades on their highest level and make sure you rake off all the grass when you've finished.
It now seems pointless to rake off the embers of the Keane fiasco.