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English Idioms & Idiomatic Expressions


Alphabetical List - R

(page 5 : ripple effect  → when in rome)

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 circumstances.
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 rage.
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 successful.
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 difficulty.
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 work.
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 flexible.
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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