One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A commission or share of the profits from a deal, especially one that is disreputable.
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- ‘Remind me to mention his name to be sure he gets his rake-off.’
- ‘We are taking the risk and he gets to rake-off.’
- ‘Paramilitaries might get a rake-off from counterfeiting, but not a great deal is known about it.’
- ‘There will no doubt be other rake-offs involved.’
- ‘The gang had been feuding with the Mexican Mafia over who would collect the ‘rent,’ or rake-off of illegal profits from the hustlers near MacArthur Park who trafficked in fake papers for undocumented immigrants.’
- ‘‘If any of the rake-off is used in the future presidential campaign, it will be a serious scandal,’ Sun said.’
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