English Idioms & Idiomatic Expressions
Alphabetical List - R
|run down||A person who is
run down is in poor physical condition.
She's completely run down from lack of proper food..
|run the gamut of||If you run the
gamut of something, you cover the
entire range of what is possible.
He enjoys reading. His taste runs the gamut from popular novels to poetry.
|run with the hare and hunt with the hounds||If you run with
the hare and hunt with the hounds, you
want to stay on friendly terms with both
sides in a quarrel.
Bob always wants to keep everyone happy, but he can't run with the hare and hunt with the hounds this time - the issue is too important.
|run riot||If people run
riot, the behave in a frenzied,
uncontrolled manner, running around in all
I dread the arrival of my sister with her kids - she always allows them to run riot.
|run rings/circles around||If you show much
more skill or ability than your opponent,
you run rings (or circles) around them.
In a quiz show on TV yesterday, a teenage girl ran rings around the other contestants.
|run round in circles||People who run
round in circles have difficulty in
achieving something because of lack of
Running round in circles will get us nowhere - we need to set up a plan.
|runs in the family||This refers to a
physical or moral characteristic that is
common to many members of a family.
Black hair and blue eyes - the combination runs in the family.
|run a taut ship||When a group or
organisation is run in a well-ordered and
disciplined manner, the person in charge
runs a taut (or tight)
The director of the scout camp runs a taut ship.
|run a mile||Someone who is
anxious to avoid something runs a mile.
She said she'd run a mile if she saw reporters in the area.
|run-of-the-mill||If something is
described as run-of-the-mill, there
is nothing special or outstanding about it;
it is just ordinary or average.
The story wasn't very interesting - just a run-of-the-mill romance with a happy ending.
|run out of steam||If you say that a
person, a process or an organised event is
running out of steam, you mean that
there is a loss of impetus, energy or
The anti-immigrant movement seems to be running out of steam.
|running battle||If two people or
groups have a running battle with
each other, they argue or disagree about
something over a long period of time.
There's been a running battle between the local authorities and the population over the school bus route.
|in a rut||If you are in a
rut, you have a monotonous and boring
way of life.
If you feel you're in a rut, why don't you look for a new job?
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