- Rake (tool)
A rake (Old English "raca", cognate with Dutch "raak", German "Rechen", from a root meaning "to scrape together," "heap up") is an agricultural and horticultural implement consisting of a toothed bar fixed transversely to a handle, and used to collect leaves,
hay, grass, etc., and, in gardening, for loosening the soil, light weedingand levelling, and generally for purposes performed in agriculture by the harrow.
Modern hand-rakes usually have
steel, plastic, or bambooteeth or tines, though historically they have been made with woodor iron. The handle is often made of wood or metal. When rakes have longer teeth, they may be arranged in the shape of an old-style folding fan. Large versions mounted on wheels with a bar connecting long curved steel teeth can be used with tractors, descended from a horse-drawn type used prior to the growth of mechanical farming.
If the rake lies in the ground teeth up, as shown on the top picture, and someone accidentally steps on the teeth, the rake's handle would swing rapidly upwards, colliding with the victim's face. This is often seen in
slapstick comedyand cartoons, such as Tom and Jerry and The Simpsonsepisode " Cape Feare", wherein a series of rakes become what Sideshow Bobdescribes as his "arch-nemesis". There is a Russian saying"to trip twice on the same rake" (наступить дважды на одни и те же грабли), which means "to repeat the same silly mistake".
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