English Idioms & Idiomatic Expressions
Alphabetical List - R
|go through the roof||If someone goes
through the roof, they become very
His father nearly went through the roof when Paul damaged his new car.
|root and branch||If an action is
performed thoroughly or completely, it is
done 'root and branch'.
The causes of the disease must be eliminated root and branch.
|rooted to the spot||If you are so
shocked, surprised or scared that you are
rooted to the spot, you reaction is
so strong that you are unable to move.
Joe stood rooted to the spot as the plane landed on the water.
|rotten apple||This term refers to
a person who is considered to be dishonest
or immoral and has a bad influence on others
in the group.
It is said that in any profession there is always a rotten apple.
|rough and ready||Something which is
rough and ready is adequate but rather
rudimentary or unrefined.
The accommodation is rough and ready but the scenery is fantastic!
|rough diamond||A person who is
good-natured but lacks polished manners
and/or education is said to be a rough
He's a great guy but a bit of a rough diamond!
|rough justice||Treatment or
justice that does not seem fair, or is too
severe, is called 'rough justice',
especially if it is not legal.
The way the player was treated by the media was very rough justice!
|take the rough with the smooth||If you take the
rough with the smooth, you accept what
is unpleasant or difficult as well as what
is pleasant or easy.
Life isn't always easy; you have to learn to take the rough with the smooth.
|rub shoulders with||If you rub
shoulders with someone, you have an
opportunity to meet and talk to that person,
especially someone wealthy, famous or
In her in public relations, she sometimes rubs shoulders with famous people.
|rubber hits the road||The moment when you
put a theory into practice, or actually
apply what you have learned, is when the
rubber hits the road.
The plan sounds good. I'd like to be there when the rubber hits the road.
|rue the day||If you rue the
day you did something, you bitterly
regret what you did that day.
Lea's father disapproved of Tony. He said she would rue the day she married him.
|sweep under rug||If you sweep
something under the rug (or carpet),
you try to hide it because it is
They tried unsuccessfully to sweep the scandal under the rug.
|rule the roost||If you rule the
roost, you are the most important and
powerful person in a group or community.
Officially David runs the company, but it's his father who rules the roost.
|bend the rules||If a person
bends the rules, they change the rules
in order to help somebody.
"An hour is an hour" said the car park attendant who refused to bend the rules.
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