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  • v  explore and expose misconduct and scandals concerning public figures

  • In her best-selling Fashion Is Spinach, Elizabeth Hawes, petite, snip-witted, 36-year-old Manhattan dress designer, showed a chic hand with the muckrake as well as a sound .
  • The man who played Hercules to Detroit's Augean stables was nearly ready to lay down his muckrake this week.
  • A pair of sleuths went out to North Dakota, turned over Langer's 30-year record with a fine-tooth muckrake.

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