In a scene from a movie, someone approaches an Irish farmer, who is stacking piles of peat, and says:

"Your father was a great man for making a rake. Even the great storm of '05 never knocked his rake."

Does the word "rake" here mean the same "gardening tool with a row of metal teeth at the end"? I think these words have something to do with those piles of peat, but I'm not sure. The words about the storm confused me even more. Any ideas?

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    You tag "meaning-in-context" but have not provided a context for the sentence. Apr 24, 2018 at 20:13
  • @WeatherVane That was the whole thing! There's nothing more to provide you with. As mentioned, I heard it in a scene from a movie, and the words before and after the sentence refer to a different topic.
    – BeatsMe
    Apr 24, 2018 at 20:43
  • You need to show what you have done to find out the meaning for yourself.
    – Tuffy
    Apr 24, 2018 at 20:48
  • . . . and you need to show the movie clip, for the context. Apr 24, 2018 at 21:16
  • @Tuffy I consulted a number of dictionaries for the meaning(s) of rake, but I'm not sure if any of these meanings fit the context above: 1. a garden tool; 2. the act of raking; 3. a slope.
    – BeatsMe
    Apr 24, 2018 at 21:16

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If I heard that phrase in that context, I would assume it referred a "rick" or stack of peat, spoken with some old farmery accent. Its not a common usage, but there is precedent if you search for the phrase.

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Source: Image of a rick of peat

  • I've tidied up your link so you can see how it is done. Undo if you wish.
    – Nigel J
    Apr 24, 2018 at 23:30
  • You might like to look at this link which mentions ricks, stacks and 'push-rakes'.
    – Nigel J
    Apr 25, 2018 at 0:00
  • @BeatsMe please accept Nom DaGruyere's answer.
    – Mari-Lou A
    Apr 25, 2018 at 11:49

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