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To bring something (back) into focus or awareness. A noun or pronoun can be used between "rake" and "over." During the divorce hearing, she raked up things that happened between us nearly twenty years ago. The senator's campaign has been raking any dirt up that they can to discredit her opponent.
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.
rake something up
1. Lit. to gather and clean up something with a rake. Would you please rake these leaves up before it rains? Please rake up the leaves.
2. to clean something up by raking. Would you rake the yard up? I will rake up the yard.
3. Fig. to find some unpleasant information. His opposition raked an old scandal up and made it public. That is ancient history. Why did you have to rake up that old story?
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
Revive, bring to light, especially something unpleasant, as in She was raking up old gossip. [Late 1500s]
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
1. To collect or gather something with or as if with a rake: After I had cut the grass, I raked up the trimmings and piled them in a heap. We raked the leaves up.
2. To revive or bring something to light; uncover something: When he runs out of things to say, he rakes old stories up from his days in the army. She is sure to rake up an embarrassing story or two about me!
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs. Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.