English Idioms & Idiomatic Expressions
Alphabetical List - R
|regain one's composure||If you regain
your composure, you calm down and
control your emotions again after a
stressful or upsetting event.
It took her a while to regain her composure after hearing the insulting remarks.
|regain one's feet||If you regain
your feet, you stand up again after
stumbling or falling.
This expression can also mean that you are once again financially solvent after a difficult period.
John helped his father to regain his feet when he tripped on the steps.
|remains to be seen||If something is
still unknown or a decision has not yet been
taken, it remains to be seen.
The construction of a new hospital has been voted, but the exact location remains to be seen.
|rest is history||This is a way of
saying that there is need to finish a story
because everyone knows what happened next.
Facebook was launched in 2004, was initially restricted to students from Harvard, and the rest is history ...
|ride coattails||If you use your
connections with someone successful in order
to achieve fame or success for yourself,
without any personal effort, you ride
He rode his uncle's coattails in the hope of being elected.
|ride roughshod over||If you ride
roughshod over something, you behave in
a harsh or thoughtless manner, or you treat
a situation with contempt.
The government rode roughshod over all opposition to the new measures.
ride it out
ride out the storm
|If you manage to
survive a dangerous or very unpleasant
situation, like a ship sailing through a
storm, you ride it out.
His business was hit by the recession but he managed to ride it out.
|let something ride||When you decide to
do nothing about a particular situation and
allow it to remain as it is, you let it
Bill didn't like the way his wife spoke to the operator, but he let it ride to avoid another quarrel.
|take for a ride||To take someone
for a ride means to cheat or deceive
I discovered he had charged me double the normal fee. He really took me for a ride!
|riding high||Someone who is
riding high is enjoying a period of
success or popularity.
He's been riding high since the success of his last film.
|right as rain||If someone is
(as) right as rain, they are in
excellent health or condition.
I called to see my grandmother thinking she was ill, but she was right as rain.
|right up your alley||If something is
right up your alley, it is the sort of
thing you like or have knowledge about.
You like cooking do you? This book will be right up your alley.
|ring a bell||If something
rings a bell, it sounds familiar, but
you don't remember the exact details.
John Bentley? The name rings a bell but I don't remember him.
|ring out the old year and ring in the new||This expression means to announce and celebrate the end of one year and the beginning of the next.|
|a rip-off||To say that
something is a rip-off means that
it costs much more than it should.
$10 for an orange juice? That's a rip-off!
|(live to a) ripe old age||This expression
means to live until you are very old.
"If you lead a healthy life you'll live to a ripe old age." said the doctor.
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