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"Eliot Ness hounded out graft in all forms—he even helped nab Al Capone".

I know "hound" means "follow and pursue", but no meaning of "graft" in the dictionary seems to fit the sentence.

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"the acquisition of money, power, etc, by dishonest or unfair means, esp by taking advantage of a position of trust" graft – user24964 May 9 '14 at 12:58
Your 'the dictionary' needs a bit of help. TheMathemagician found the answer in 'the dictionary' known as Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003 – Edwin Ashworth May 9 '14 at 13:19

Graft in this sense means "Money or cash obtained through criminal activity such as fraud or being paid by someone to 'keep quiet' if they have seen a criminal action.

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