English Idioms & Idiomatic Expressions
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- Rule the roost
- If someone rules the roost they are the boss. Example:There's no doubt who rules the roost in this house.
- Run a mile
- If someone "Runs a mile", they do everything they can to avoid a situation.
"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 around the bush
- (USA) If you run around the bush, it means that you're taking a long time to get to the point.
- 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 into the sand
- If something runs into the sand, it fails to achieve a result.
- 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 off your feet
- If you are run off your feet, you are extremely busy and don't have enough time to do everything.
- 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 gauntlet
- If somebody is being criticised harshly by a lot of people, they are said to run the gauntlet.
- 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 with the hare and hunt with the hounds
- This means to be a member of or to support two groups that are at odds with each other.
- Run your mouth off
- If someone runs their mouth off, they talk too much.
- 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.
- Running on fumes
- If someone has used all their energy on something, but must continue, they are running on fumes. It is an expression used when driving a car when the needle is on empty but still running. We say it is 'running on fumes'.
- Running with the hare and hunting with the hounds
- If someone is running with the hare and hunting with the hounds, they are trying to support or go with two opposing views, causes or factions at the same time.
- Runs in the family
- If a characteristic runs in the family, it can clearly be seen members of different generations. A hereditary illness that is passed from one generation to the next also runs in the family.
- Russian roulette
- If people take a dangerous and unnecessary risk, they are playing Russian roulette.
- 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".
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