English Idioms & Idiomatic Expressions
Alphabetical List - R
|recharge one's batteries||When you
recharge your batteries, you take a
break from a tiring or stressful activity in
order to relax and recover your energy.
Sam is completely overworked. He needs a holiday to recharge his batteries.
|recipe for disaster||If you refer to a
plan or idea as a recipe for disaster,
you think it is likely to produce bad
Our two families together for Christmas? Sounds like a recipe for disaster!
|put the records straight||If you put or
set the records straight, you provide
facts or an explanation to correct a mistake
An interview on television enabled the actress to set the records straight about her health.
|red carpet||To roll out the
red carpet means to give special
treatment to an important or honoured
The management is going to roll out the red carpet for the visit of the Nobel prize winner.
|red flag to a bull||To say that a statement or action is
like a red flag to a bull means
that it is sure to make someone very angry
Don't mention Tom's promotion to Mike. It would be like a red flag to a bull!
|red herring||A red herring
is a fact or argument introduced into a
discussion which draws attention away from
the main point.
Look, bureaucracy is a red herring. How to deal with the crisis is the important issue today.
|red light district||An area of a town
or city where there is a concentration of
sex shops, prostitution, strip clubs, etc.
is known as the red light district.
A photograph of the politician taken in a red-light district caused a scandal.
|red tape||The term red
tape refers to official rules and
bureaucratic paperwork that prevent things
from being done quickly.
If there wasn't so much red tape, the company would be up and running already.
|in the red||If a person or
organisation is in the red, they
owe money or have a negative account.
I'm afraid I can't lend you any money. I'm in the red myself.
|paint the town red||If you paint
the town red, you go out and enjoy a
lively evening in bars, night-clubs, etc.
To celebrate the victory, the team's supporters painted the town red.
|see red||If someone sees
red, they suddenly become very angry or
Discrimination of any kind makes me see red.
|caught red-handed||If a person is
caught red-handed, they are caught
while they are doing something wrong or
The boy was caught red-handed stealing chocolate in the supermarket.
|redress the balance||An effort to
redress the balance is an attempt to
make things equal.
With too few girls entering university, the authorities declared that an effort would be made to redress the balance.
|reduce to tears||If your behaviour
or attitude makes someone cry, you reduce
them to tears.
The teacher criticized her presentation so harshly that she was reduced to tears.
|refresh someone's memory||If you refresh
someone's memory, you remind them of
facts they seem to have forgotten.
Let me refresh your memory - you've already missed three classes this term.
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