Definition of rake something up/over in English:

rake something up/over

phrasal verb

  • Revive the memory of an incident or period that is best forgotten.

    ‘I have no desire to rake over the past’
    • ‘Why was I raking up the past and what was my ‘agenda’?’
    • ‘I didn't want to look back and rake over things in my past - I wanted to be able to move on with my life.’
    • ‘I cannot think that it is genuinely in the pursuers' interests to rake over those memories, especially where the individual nuns that are said to have been responsible are either dead or elderly.’
    • ‘Although it would mean raking up painful memories, he did make a statement.’
    • ‘In the Narasimha Rao years, the issue was raked up when the Prime Minister held the post of the party president, and several chief ministers did not give up PCC presidentship.’
    • ‘What I said was that as far as I was concerned I was not going to rake over the past.’
    remind people of, revive the memory of, recollect, remember, call to mind
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