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rake

 

A rake is used for gardening and lawn maintenance.

  • In the spring, homeowners rake their lawn to remove dead grass and debris that has accumulated over the winter.
rake lawn
  • Gardeners use a rake in their gardens when preparing the soil for planting.
rake for the garden
  • In the fall, it's necessary to rake the leaves that have fallen off of the trees.
  • This man has raked the leaves into a leaf pile.

These sentences use "rake" as a verb.

rake leaves
  • Beaches and other areas with sand need to be raked regularly to remove seaweed and garbage.

This sentence uses "rake" in the form of a passive verb.

rake sand

Here are a few other circumstances in which you might hear the word "rake."

  • Our company is raking in the profits this quarter. (rake in = make money)
  • We're really raking it in. (making money)
  • Walter's boss raked him over the coals for misusing a vehicle owned by the company. (rake one over the coals = punish verbally)

 

 

Date of publication: November 21, 2016

 
 

 

 

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