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English Idioms & Idiomatic Expressions


Alphabetical List - R

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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 their coattails.
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 ride.
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 them.
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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