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English Idioms and Idiomatic Expressions 


from:   'ride roughshod'   to:  'swim against the tide'

  • ride roughshod
    • 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 someone 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."

  • sail close to the wind
    • If you sail close to the wind, you do something dangerous or act just within the limits of what is legal or acceptable.
      "He seems to invest his money well although he often sails close to the wind."

  • sail through something
    • If you sail through something, for example a test or an exam, you succeed in doing it without difficulty.
      "The English test was no problem for Pedro. He sailed through it."

  • take the wind out of someone's sails
    • If someone or something takes the wind out of your sails, they make you feel less confident by doing or saying something that you do not expect.
      "The manger's rejection of our marketing strategy really took the wind out of our sails."

  • skating on thin ice
    • If you are skating on thin ice, you are doing or saying something risky, or something that could cause trouble.
      "Don't mention that subject during the negotiations or you could be skating on thin ice."

  • sink or swim
    • If someone has to sink or swim, they have to do something alone, and their success or failure depends entirely on their own efforts.
      "The sink-or-swim attitude in the company can be very difficult for young recruits."

  • swim against the tide
    • A person who is doing or saying the opposite to most other people is said to be .
      "Perhaps it's because she always swims against the tide that her books are successful."

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