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 for To rake up
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Rake \Rake\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Raked (r[=a]kt); p. pr. & vb.
     n. Raking.] [AS. racian. See 1st Rake.]
     1. To collect with a rake; as, to rake hay; -- often with up;
        as, he raked up the fallen leaves.
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     2. Hence: To collect or draw together with laborious
        industry; to gather from a wide space; to scrape together;
        as, to rake together wealth; to rake together slanderous
        tales; to rake together the rabble of a town.
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     3. To pass a rake over; to scrape or scratch with a rake for
        the purpose of collecting and clearing off something, or
        for stirring up the soil; as, to rake a lawn; to rake a
        flower bed.
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     4. To search through; to scour; to ransack.
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              The statesman rakes the town to find a plot.
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     5. To scrape or scratch across; to pass over quickly and
        lightly, as a rake does.
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              Like clouds that rake the mountain summits.
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     6. (Mil.) To enfilade; to fire in a direction with the length
        of; in naval engagements, to cannonade, as a ship, on the
        stern or head so that the balls range the whole length of
        the deck.
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     To rake up.
        (a) To collect together, as the fire (live coals), and
            cover with ashes.
        (b) To bring up; to search out and bring to notice again;
            as, to rake up old scandals.
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