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The action of ‘raking’ the moon, or engaging in foolish or unprofitable activity. Chiefly figurative in "one's wits are (also have) gone moon-raking": used to indicate that a person has lost his or her reason (British regional).
Mid 19th century; earliest use found in George Croly (1780–1860), writer and Church of England clergyman. From moon + raking.
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