Definition of hell-raking in US English:

hell-raking

adjective

  • Wild, dissolute; rakehelly, hell-raising.

Origin

Late 16th century; earliest use found in Thomas Nashe (d. c1601), writer. From hell + raking, after to rake hell. Compare earlier rakehell, rakehelly.

Pronunciation

hell-raking

/ˈhɛlˌreɪkɪŋ/