Definition of rake-off in US English:



  • A commission or share of the profits from a deal, especially one that is disreputable.

    ‘corrupt officials have more chance of a rake-off when expensive goods are involved’
    • ‘We are taking the risk and he gets to rake-off.’
    • ‘Remind me to mention his name to be sure he gets his rake-off.’
    • ‘‘If any of the rake-off is used in the future presidential campaign, it will be a serious scandal,’ Sun said.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘There will no doubt be other rake-offs involved.’
    • ‘Paramilitaries might get a rake-off from counterfeiting, but not a great deal is known about it.’
    blow, hit, punch, thump, thwack, crack, smack, slap, bang, welt, cuff, box
    share, cut, percentage, dividend, commission
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/ˈreɪ ˌkɑf//ˈrā ˌkäf/