English Idioms & Idiomatic Expressions
Alphabetical List - R
|ripple effect||When an action has
an effect on something, which in turn
effects something else, it is said to have
a ripple effect.
An increase in the price of oil will have a ripple effect on the economy as a whole.
|rise to the occasion||If you rise to
the occasion, you manage to do
something successfully in difficult
When her boss broke his leg, Julie had to represent the company at the congress, and she rose to the occasion extremely well.
|risk life and limb||If you risk
life and limb, you are in danger of
death or serious injury.
The roads are icy today; you'll risk life and limb if you go by car.
|road rage||Aggressive driving
habits sometimes resulting in violence
against other drivers is called road
A number of accidents today are a direct result of road rage.
|middle of the road (MOR)||This term refers to
anything moderate, unadventurous or
inoffensive that avoids extremes and appeals
to the majority of people.
He's a successful middle-of-the-road entertainer. My mother wouldn't miss a show!
|a roaring trade||If you do a
roaring trade, your business is very
Cosmetic surgeons are doing a roaring trade these days.
|rob the cradle||If you rob the
cradle, you have a romantic
relationship with someone who is much
younger than yourself.
My uncle Ted is dating a twenty-year-old girl. That's really robbing the cradle!
|rob Peter to pay Paul||If someone robs
Peter to pay Paul, they pay one debt
with money borrowed from someone else, thus
creating another debt.
David borrowed from a friend to pay his overdraft, a typical case of robbing Peter to pay Paul.
|(don't) rock the boat||If you tell someone
not to rock the boat, you are
asking them to do nothing that might cause
trouble or upset a stable situation.
After the recent riots, it was decided not to rock the boat by introducing strict measures.
|rocket science||If you say
'it's not rocket science' or 'no
need to be a rocket scientist', you are
emphasizing that something presents no major
Bob will explain how it works. Don't worry - it's not rocket science!
|roll up one's sleeves||When you roll
up your sleeves, you get ready for hard
The house was in a mess after the party so we had to roll up our sleeves and start cleaning.
|roll with the punches||When someone has to
roll with the punches, they have to
deal with a difficult situation by being
The atmosphere has become very aggressive. We'll just have to roll with the punches.
|rolling in money||Someone who is very
wealthy or has access to great amounts of
money is rolling in money.
Steve has no financial problems. His parents are rolling money.
|when in Rome, do as the Romans do||This expression means that you should adopt the customs of the people or country you are visiting, and behave in the same way.|
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