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Pull strings
If you pull strings, you use contacts you have got to help you get what you want.
Pull the other one, it's got brass bells on
This idiom is way of telling somebody that you don't believe them. The word 'brass' is optional.
Pull the pin
If you pull the pin, you put an end to something, quit or resign.
Pull your chain
(USA) If someone pulls your chain, they take advantage of you in an unfair way or do something to annoy you.
Pull your weight
If someone is not pulling their weight, they aren't making enough effort, especially in group work.
Pulling chocks
If you pull chocks, you get ready and leave a place.
Push comes to shove
If or when push comes to shove, the situation has become some bad that you are forced to do something: If push comes to shove, we'll just have to use our savings.
Push the envelope
This means to go to the limits, to do something to the maximum possible.
Put a cork in it!
This is a way of telling someone to be quiet.
Put on airs
If someone puts on airs, they pretend to be grander and more important than they really are.
Put some dirt on it
This means that when you get hurt, you should rub it off or shake it off and you'll be ok.
Put someone on a pedestal
If you put someone on a pedestal, you admire them greatly, idolise them.
Put the kybosh on
To put an end to something.
Put up or shut up
'Put up or shut up' means you do something you are talking about or not to talk about it any more.
Put you in mind
If something suggests something to you, it puts you in mind of that thing.
Put you in the picture
If you put someone in the picture, you tell them the information they need to know about something.
Queer Street
If someone is in a lot of trouble, especially financial, they are in Queer Street.
Queer your pitch
If someone queers your pitch, they interfere in your affairs and spoil things.
Queue jumping
Someone who goes to the front of a queue instead of waiting is jumping the queue.
Quick as a flash
If something happens quick as a flash, it happens very fast indeed.
Quick fix
A quick fix is an easy solution, especially one that will not last.
Quick on the draw
Someone who is quick on the draw reacts quickly to a situation.
Quitters never win; winners never quit
If you quit you will never get what you want, but if you keep trying you will find a way to get what you want. ('Quitters never win, winners never quit, but those who never win and never quit are idiots' is a variation accredited to Larry Kersten)
Rack and ruin
If something or someone goes to rack and ruin, they are utterly destroyed or wrecked.
Rake over old coals
(UK) If you go back to old problems and try to bring them back, making trouble for someone, you are raking over old coals.
Rake someone over the coals
(USA) If you rake someone over the coals, you criticize or scold them severely.
Rather you than me
Rather you than me is an expression used when someone has something unpleasant or arduous to do. It is meant in a good natured way of expressing both sympathy and having a bit of a laugh at their expense.
Raw deal
If you get a raw deal, you are treated unfairly.
Read between the lines
If you read between the lines, you find the real message in what you're reading or hearing, a meaning that is not available from a literal interpretation of the words.
Read from the same page
When people are reading from the same page, they say the same things in public about an issue.
Real deal
If something is the real deal, it is genuine and good.
Recharge your batteries
If you recharge your batteries, you do something to regain your energy after working hard for a long time.
Reduce to ashes
If something is reduced to ashes, it is destroyed or made useless. His infidelities reduced their relationship to ashes.
Revenge is sweet
When you are happy to be proved right, then you know that revenge is sweet.
Rewrite history
If you rewrite history, you change your version of past events so as to make yourself look better than you would if the truth was told.
Rhyme or reason
If something is without rhyme or reason, it is unreasonable. ('Beyond rhyme or reason' is an alternative.)
Ride for a fall
If sxomeone is riding for a fall, they are taking great risks that are likely to end in a disaster.
Ride high
If someone is riding high, they are very successful at the moment.
Ride roughshod
If someone rides roughshod over other people, they impose their will without caring at all for other people's feelings.
Right royal
(UK) A right royal night out would be an extremely exciting, memorable and fun one.
Ring a bell
If something rings a bell, it reminds you of something you have heard before, though you may not be able to remember it very well. A name may ring a bell, so you know you have heard the name before, but cannot place it properly.
Rise and shine
If you wake up full of energy, you rise and shine.
Rise from the ashes
If something rises from the ashes, it recovers after a serious failure.
Rob Peter to pay Paul
If you rob Peter to pay Paul, you try to solve one problem, but create another in doing so, often through short-term planning.
Rock the boat
If you rock the boat, you destabilise a situation by making trouble. It is often used as advice; 'Don't rock the boat'.
Rolling in the aisles
If the audience watching something are laughing loudly, the show has them rolling in the aisles.
Rooted to the spot
If someone is rooted to the spot, they canot move, either physically or they cannot think their way out of a problem.
Rough and ready
If something is rough and ready, it has not been carefully prepared, but is fit for its purpose. If a person is rough and ready, they are not very refined or mannered.
Rough and tumble
The rough and tumble refers to the competition in areas of life like business, sports, politics, etc, where the struggle and in-fighting is hard and people will take any advantage that they can.
Rough around the edges
If someone is rough around the edges, they haven't mastered something, though they show promise.

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