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Round the bend
If someone has gone round the bend, they have stopped being rational about something. If something drives you round the bend, it irritates you or makes you angry.
Rub someone up the wrong way
If you annoy or irritate someone when you didn't mean to, you rub them up the wrong way.
Rudderless ship
If an organisation, company, government, etc, is like a rudderless ship, it has no clear direction and drifts about without reaching its goals.
Ruffle a few feathers
If you ruffle a few feathers, you annoy some people when making changes or improvements.
Run a mile
If someone "Runs a mile", they do everything they can to avoid a situation. Example: "I was worried that he'd take one look at me and run a mile."
Run amok
When things or people are running amok, they are wild and out of control.('Run amuck' is also used.) 
Run before you can walk
If someone tries to run before they can walk, they try to do something requiring a high level of knowledge before they have learned the basics.
Run circles around someone
If you can run circles around someone, you are smarter and intellectually quicker than they are.
Run it up the flagpole and see if anyone salutes
This idiom is used to suggest trying out an idea to see if people accept it.
Run out of gas
If a campaign, project, etc, runs out of gas, it loses energy and momentum, and progress slows or halts.
Run rings around someone
If you run rings around someone, you are so much better than them that they have no chance of keeping up with you.
Run something into the ground
If people run something into the ground, they treat or manage it so badly that they ruin it.
Run the show
If someone runs the show, they like to be in control and make all the decisions.
Run to ground
If you run someone or something to ground, you pursue until you capture or find them or it.
Run-of-the-mill
If something is run-of-the-mill, there is nothing exceptional about it- it is ordinary or average.
Running on empty
If you are exhausted but keep going, you are running on empty.
Rusty needle
When something is described as a rusty needle, it is badly damaged but still works, or if someone very is sick or tired but still manages to do things at a fairly good level. An alternative form is "a tarnished needle".
Safe and sound
If you arrive safe and sound, then nothing has harmed you on your way.
Safe bet
A proposition that is a safe bet doesn't have any risks attached.
Safety in numbers
If a lot of people do something risky at the same time, the risk is reduced because there is safety in numbers.
Same old, same old
When nothing changes, it's the same old, same old.
Say when
People say this when pouring a drink as a way of telling you to tell them when there's enough in your glass.
Say-so
If you do something on someone else's say-so, you do it on the authority, advice or recommendation.
Saying is one thing; doing is another
It's harder to do something than it is to say that you will do it.
Schoolyard pick
When people take it in turns to choose a member of a team, it is a schoolyard pick.
Scraping the barrel
When all the best people, things or ideas and so on are used up and people try to make do with what they have left, they are scraping the barrel.
Scratch the surface
When you scratch the surface of  something, you have a superficial knowledge or understanding of it.
Scream bloody murder
If you scream bloody murder, you protest loudly and angrily, or scream in fear.
Screw loose
If someone has a screw loose, they are crazy.
Screwed if you do, screwed if you don't
This means that no matter what you decide or do in a situation, there will be negative consequences.
Seamy side
The seamy side of something is the unpleasant or sordid aspect it has.
Searching question
A searching question goes straight to the heart of the subject matter, possibly requiring an answer with a degree of honesty that the other person finds uncomfortable.
Second thoughts
If some has second thoughts, they start to think that an idea, etc, is not as good as it sounded at first and are starting to have doubts.
Second wind
If you overcome tiredness and find new energy and enthusiasm, you have second wind.
See the elephant
If you see the elephant, you experience much more than you wish to; it is often used when a soldier goes into a warzone for the first time.
See the light
When someone sees the light, they realise the truth.
See you anon
(UK) If somebody says this when leaving, they expect to see you again soon.
See you later
A casual way of saying to friends I'll see you again, sometime, (without a definite date or time having been set) - this is often abbreviated to 'Later' or 'Laters' as an alternative way of saying goodbye.
Seeing is believing
This idiom means that people can only really believe what they experience personally.
Seen better days
If something's seen better days, it has aged badly and visibly compared to when it was new. The phrase can also be used to describe people.
Send someone packing
If you send someone packing, you send them away, normally when they want something from you.
Serve your country
When someone is serving their country, they have enrolled in the military.
Set in stone
If something is set in stone, it cannot be changed or altered.
Set the stage
If you create the conditions for something to happen or take place, you set the stage for it.
Set the wheels in motion
When you set the wheels in motion, you get something started.
Shades of meaning
Shades of meaning is a phrase used to describe the small, subtle differences in meaning between similar words or phrases; 'kid' and 'youth' both refer to young people, but carry differing views and ideas about young people.
Shape up or ship out
If someone has to shape up or ship out, they have to improve or leave their job, organisation, etc.
Sharpen your pencil
(USA) If someone says this when negotiating, they want the other person to make a better offer, a lower price.
Shilly-shally
If people shilly-shally, they can't make up their minds about something and put off the decision.
Shoot your wad
When you have shot your wad, you have expended everything and have no more to say or do about a matter.

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