Idioms Beginning With: 'R'
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- Rack and ruin
- If something or someone goes to rack and ruin, they are utterly destroyed or wrecked.
- Rack your brain
- If you rack your brain, you think very hard when trying to remember something or think hard to solve a problem, findf and answer, etc. ('Rack your brains' is an alternative.)
- Ragged blue line
- (USA) This term was used to signify the Union forces (who wore blue uniforms) in the American Civil war .
- Rags to riches
- Someone who starts life very poor and becomes rich goes from rags to riches.
- Rain on your parade
- If someone rains on your parade, they ruin your pleasure or your plans.
- Raining cats and dogs
- When it is raining cats and dogs, it is raining very heavily.
- Rainy day
- If you save something, especially money, for a rainy day, you save it for some possible problem or trouble in the future.
- Raise Cain
- (USA) If someone raises Cain, they make a big fuss publicly, causing a disturbance.
- Raise eyebrows
- If something raises eyebrows, it shocks or surprises people.
- 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.
- Rank and file
- The rank and file are the ordinary members of a company, organisation, etc, excluding the managers and directors.
- Rat race
- The rat race is the ruthless, competitive struggle for success in work, etc.
- 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.
- Read someone the riot act
- If you read someone the riot act, you give them a clear warning that if they don't stop doing something, they will be in serious trouble.
- Real deal
- If something is the real deal, it is genuine and good.
- Real McCoy
- Something that's the real McCoy is the genuine article, not a fake.
- Real plum
- A real plum is a good opportunity.
- Real trouper
- A real trouper is someone who will fight for what they believe in and doesn't give up easily. (People often use 'Real trooper' as the two words sound the same.)
- Rearrange the deckchairs on the Titanic
- (UK) If people are rearranging the deckchairs on the Titanic, they are making small changes that will have no effect as the project, company, etc, is in very serious trouble.
- Recharge your batteries
- If you recharge your batteries, you do something to regain your energy after working hard for a long time.
- Recipe for disaster
- A recipe for disaster is a mixture of people and events that could only possibly result in trouble.
- Red carpet
- If you give someone the red-carpet treatment, you give them a special welcome to show that you think they are important. You can roll out the red carpet, too.
- Red herring
- If something is a distraction from the real issues, it is a red herring.
- Red letter day
- A red letter day is a one of good luck, when something special happens to you.
- Red light district
- The red light district is the area of a town or city where there is prostitution, sex shops, etc.
- Red mist
- If someone sees red or the red mist, they lose their temper and self-control completely.
- Red rag to a bull
- If something is a red rag to a bull, it is something that will inevitably make somebody angry or cross.
- Red tape
- This is a negative term for the official paperwork and bureaucracy that we have to deal with.
- Reds under the bed
- An ironic allusion to the obsession some people have that there are reds (communists) everywhere plotting violent revolution.
- Reduce to ashes
- If something is reduced to ashes, it is destroyed or made useless. His infidelities reduced their relationship to ashes.
- Reinvent the wheel
- If someone reinvents the wheel, they waste their time doing something that has already been done by other people, when they could be doing something more worthwhile.
- Renaissance man
- A Renaissance man is a person who is talented in a number of different areas, especially when their talents include both the sciences and the arts.
- Rest is gravy
- (USA) If the rest is gravy, it is easy and straightforward once you have reached that stage.
- Rest on your laurels
- If someone rests on their laurels, they rely on their past achievements, rather than trying to achieve things now.
- 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.)
- Rib tickler
- A rib tickler is a story or joke that will make you laugh a lot. Alternately, a joke might "tickle your ribs".
- Rice missionary
- A rice missionary gives food to hungry people as a way of converting them to Christianity.
- Rich as Croesus
- Someone who is as rich as Croesus is very wealthy indeed.
- Rich man's family
- A rich man's family consists of one son and one daughter.
- 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.
- Ride shotgun
- If you ride shotgun, you protect or guard something when it is being transported.
- Ride with the tide
- If you ride with the tide, you accept the majority decision.
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