IDIOMS beginning with R

IDIOMS beginning with R


Race Against Time
Meaning: To rush to meet a deadline, to be forced to do something very quickly

Rain Cats And Dogs
Meaning: Rain heavily; Rain very heavily

Rain Cats and Dogs
Meaning: Rain heavily; Rain very heavily

Rain on Someone’s Parade
Meaning: Spoil someone’s plans

Raise (Someone’s) Hackles
Meaning: Make someone angry and defensive

Raise One’s Voice
Meaning: Talk loudly

Raise Red Flags
Meaning: Warn of trouble ahead

Raise the Bar
Meaning: Increase standards in a certain competition or area of endeavor

Raise the Roof
Meaning: Make a great deal of noise (said of a crowd)

Rake (Someone) Over the Coals
Meaning: To scold someone severely

Rake Over the Ashes
Meaning: Restart a settled argument; examine a failure

Rake Someone Over the Coals
Meaning: Scold severely

Rank and File
Meaning: The ordinary members of an organization

Read Between the Lines
Meaning: Perceive what is not explicitly stated

Read the Tea Leaves
Meaning: Predict the future from small signs

Rear Its Ugly Head (said of a problem or something unpleasant)
Meaning: Appear, be revealed

Rearrange the Deck Chairs on the Titanic
Meaning: Taking superficial actions while ignoring a much larger and perhaps fatal problem

Red Flag
Meaning: A warning; a sign of trouble ahead

Red Herring
Meaning: A misleading clue; something intended to mislead

Red Meat
Meaning: Political appeals designed to excite one’s core supporters; demagoguery

Red Tape
Meaning: Bureaucracy; difficult bureaucratic or governmental requirements

Red-Light District
Meaning: A neighborhood with many houses of prostitution

Reinvent the Wheel
Meaning: Devise a solution to a problem for which a solution already exists

Riding High
Meaning: Enjoying success

Right as Rain
Meaning: Absolutely correct

Right Under (One’s) Nose
Meaning: In an obvious location, yet overlooked

Right-Hand Man
Meaning: Chief assistant

Right-Hand Man
Meaning: Chief assistant

Ring a Bell
Meaning: Sound familiar

Ring a Bell
Meaning: When something seems familiar

Rob Peter to Pay Paul
Meaning: Pay off a debt with another loan; solve a problem in such a way that it leads to a new problem

Rob the Cradle
Meaning: To be sexually or romantically involved with someone who is very young

Rob the Cradle
Meaning: To be sexually or romantically involved with someone who is very young

Rock Bottom
Meaning: An absolute low point

Rock the Boat
Meaning: Cause a disruption in a group. Often used in the negative,don’t rock the boat.

Roll the Dice On
Meaning: Take a risk

Roll With the Punches
Meaning: Deal with problems by being flexible

Rome Wasn’t Built in a Day
Meaning: Complex projects take time

Rookie Mistake
Meaning: An error made by an inexperienced person

Rotten to the Core
Meaning: Entirely evil

Rub (Something) in Someone’s Face
Meaning: Humiliate someone by repeating and criticizing his or her mistake

Rub It In
Meaning: Say something that makes someone feel even worse about a mistake

Rub Someone’s Nose in (Something)
Meaning: Humiliate someone by repeating and criticizing his or her mistake

Rubber-Stamp
Meaning: Approve something without consideration, as a formality

Rule of Thumb
Meaning: A general principle or guideline, not a specific formula

Run a Tight Ship
Meaning: Manage an organization in a strict, well-regulated way

Run in the Family
Meaning: Be inherited (as a trait) by multiple members of a family; To be a common family characteristic

Run in the Family
Meaning: Be inherited (as a trait) by multiple members of a family; To be a common family characteristic

Run into a Buzz
Meaning: Saw Encounter severe and unexpected problems

Run into a Buzz
Meaning: Saw Encounter severe and unexpected problems

Run off at the Mouth
Meaning: Talk a lot about unimportant things, talk incoherently

Run on Fumes
Meaning: To be in a situation where one’s energy or resources is almost exhausted

Run Out of Steam
Meaning: Lose momentum, become tired

Run the Table
Meaning: Win every game or contest

RUN ACROSS
Meaning: – meet someone by accident – cross something while running – experience a problem you’re not expecting. – find something you weren’t looking for – pay what you owe (come across) – how you project yourself (come across)

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