General Idioms (Page 19)

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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.
Rough edges
If something has rough edges, it is still not a finished product and not all of a uniform standard.
Rough-hewn
If something, especially something made from wood or stone, is rough-hewn, it is unfinished or unpolished.
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.
Rude awakening
A rude awakening is a shock you experience when you discover the surprising truth about a situation.
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.

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