THE IDIOM CONNECTION
a race against time
- a rush to beat a deadlineIt was a race against time to rescue the miners who were trapped in the mine.
rack one`s brains
- to try hard to think of something or remember somethingI have been racking my brains all day trying to remember the man's name.
racked with pain
- to be suffering from severe painThe man was racked with pain after he fell from the ladder.
rail at (someone) about (something)
- to complain loudly to someone about somethingThe customer was railing at the clerk about the bad service.
rain cats and dogs
- to rain very hardIt has been raining cats and dogs all morning.
a rain check
- a free ticket to an event that replaces a ticket that has been cancelled because of rain or for some other reasonWe received a rain check for the concert that was suddenly cancelled.
a rain check
- a promise to repeat an invitation at a later dateI did not have time to go to the restaurant with my friend so I decided to take a rain check.
rain on (someone's) parade
- to spoil someone's plans, to prevent someone from enjoying somethingI tried not to let my friend's bad mood rain on my parade during the concert.
rain or shine
- no matter whether it rains or the sun shinesWe plan to go to the beach tomorrow rain or shine.
rain (something) out or rain out (something)
- to spoil something by rainingThe music festival was rained out yesterday evening.
raise a fuss
- to make trouble, to cause a disturbanceThe woman at the restaurant raised a fuss when her meal arrived late.
raise a hand against (someone or something)
- to hit or threaten to hit someone or somethingIf the man raises a hand against his supervisor the police will be called.
raise a stink about (something)
- to make a major issue out of somethingThe small business owners began to raise a stink about the new parking tax.
raise an objection to (someone or something)
- to object to someone or somethingMy friend raised an objection to my plan to include my parents in our travel plans.
- to create a disturbance, to cause troubleThe boys began to raise Cain at the dance and were asked to leave.
- to cause surprise or disapprovalIt raised eyebrows when the woman appeared at the party with no invitation.
raise havoc with (someone or something)
- to create confusion or disruption for or against someone or somethingThe bad weather raised havoc with our plans to clean up the area around our house.
raise hell with (someone or something)
- to make trouble, to behave wildlyThe woman began to raise hell with her supervisor after she learned about the new policy.
raise one's sights
- to set higher goals for oneselfOur team is doing very well and we are now raising our sights on the city championship.
raise one's voice to (someone)
- to speak loudly or shout at someone in angerThe teacher asked the child not to raise his voice.
to be raised in a barn
- to behave crudely like a barnyard animalWhen the boy did not shut the door his mother asked him if he had been raised in a barn.
rake in the money
- to make a lot of moneyMy cousin's new pizza restaurant is raking in the money.
rake (someone) over the coals
- to scold or reprimand someoneMy boss raked me over the coals when he heard about the lost sales report.
rake (something) off or rake off (something)
- to take money from something illegallyThe sales clerk was accused of raking money off the daily cash sales.
rally around (someone or something)
- to come together to support someone or somethingEverybody in the small town began to rally around the mayor when he was accused of wrongdoing.
ram (something) down (someone`s) throat
- to force someone to do or agree to something that is not wantedOur teacher always tries to ram her ideas down our throats which makes us angry.
ramble on about (someone or something)
- to talk aimlessly and endlessly about someone or somethingMy friend spent the evening rambling on about his problems at work.
rank and file
- the members of a group and not the leaders, regular soldiers and not the officersThe rank and file of the large union were happy with their new contract.
rant and rave about (someone or something)
- to shout angrily and wildly about someone or somethingThe man was ranting and raving about the bad service at the restaurant.
rant (at someone) about (someone or something)
- to talk in a loud and violent way about someone or somethingThe customer began ranting at her friend while they were shopping for shoes.
rap (someone's) knuckles
- to punish someone slightlyThe company rapped the man's knuckles for taking a long coffee break.
rap with (someone)
- to talk or chat with someoneI passed the morning rapping with my friend at the park.
raring/rarin' to go
- to be extremely eager to do somethingEverybody was rarin' to go after the speech by our company president.
rat on (someone)
- to betray someone by telling someone else about illegal or wrong activitiesThe boy ratted on his friend who broke the store window.
rat out on (someone)
- to desert or betray someone, to leave someone at a critical timeThe boy's friend ratted out on him and refused to support him in his fight with the neighborhood bully.
- an endless hurried existence, a fierce struggle for successThe man finds it too much of a rat race to live and work in a big city.
rate with (someone)
- to be in someone's favorMy friend does not rate with some of the students at my school.
rattle (something) off or rattle off (something)
- to recite something quickly and accuratelyThe little boy was able to rattle off most countries in the world.
ravished with delight
- to be overcome with happiness or delightI was ravished with delight when my friend decided to get married.
a raw deal
- unfair treatmentThe man got a raw deal when he was forced to resign from his company.
reach a compromise
- to achieve a compromise with someoneThe company tried very hard to reach a compromise with the workers.
reach a deal
- to complete or make a dealThe company reached a deal with their supplier.
reach a stalemate
- to arrive at a position where no progress is being madeThe talks to buy the new computers have reached a stalemate and it will be difficult to start them again.
reach an agreement
- to complete or make an agreementThe city was not able to reach an agreement on where to build the new subway line.
reach an impasse
- to get to a point where progress is impossibleThe negotiations on where to build the new bridge have reached an impasse.
reach first base with (someone or something)
- to make a major advance with someone or somethingThe salesperson was unable to reach first base with the buyer.
reach for the sky
- to set one's goals highThe young woman was reaching for the sky when she began to look for her first job.
reach one's stride
- to do something at one's best level of abilityThe woman has finally reached her stride as a very good sales representative.
read between the lines
- to find a hidden meaning in somethingI can read between the lines and I know what my friend is trying to say.
read my lips
- used to tell someone strongly that you have decided something and you will not change your mind"Read my lips. I am not going to the meeting."
read (someone) his or her rights
- to make or read the required statement of legal rights to a person who has been arrestedThe police officer read the bank robber his rights when he was arrested.
read (someone) like an open book
- to understand someone very wellThe girl can read her boyfriend like an open book.
read (someone's) lips
- to look at the movements of someone's lips in order to understand what he or she is sayingThe woman could not hear but she was able to read other people's lips.
read (someone's) mind
- to guess what someone is thinkingIt is very difficult to read the mind of my boss and know what she wants me to do.
read (something) into (something)
- to attach a new or different meaning to somethingWe were told not to read anything into the recent actions of our company.
read (something) over or read over (something)
- to read something (usually a second time)I read my presentation over before I delivered it to the class.
I read over my email before I sent it.
read (something) through or read through (something)
- to read all of somethingI read the report through before I returned it to my supervisor.
read the handwriting on the wall
- to anticipate what is going to happen by observing small hints and cluesEverybody in our department could read the handwriting on the wall and they knew that the company would soon close our department.
read the riot act (to someone)
- to give someone a strong warning or scoldingThe teacher read the riot act to her students when they began to misbehave in class.
read up on (someone or something)
- to research and read about someone or somethingI have been reading up on Egyptian history before our trip to Egypt this summer.
ready for the scrap heap
- ready to be discarded or thrown awayI think that our old car is ready for the scrap heap.
ready, willing, and able
- to be eager or willing to do somethingEverybody in the small town is ready, willing, and able to help the family who lost their house in the fire.
- the genuine thingMy new camera is the real McCoy and it will let me take any kind of picture that I want.
the real thing
- something that is genuine and not an imitationThe small vase is the real thing and it is very valuable.
the reality of the situation
- the way that a situation really isThe reality of the situation is that it is very difficult to enter that university.
rear its ugly head
- something unpleasant appears or becomes obvious after being hiddenThe problem of mold has reared its ugly head in our house again.
receive (someone) with open arms
- to greet someone eagerlyThe citizens received the Olympic athletes with open arms.
reckon with (someone or something)
- to confront and deal with someone or somethingI do not know how I will reckon with any more problems with my car.
recognize (someone or something) for what it/he/she is
- to see and understand exactly what someone or something is or representsEveryone was able to recognize our new principal for what he is. He is a very difficult person to work with.
reconcile oneself to (something)
- to begin to feel comfortable with a bad or challenging situationWe have to reconcile ourselves to the fact that our school will close next year.
- something that draws attention away from the matter that is under considerationThe issue of salary is a red herring and is not related to the main issues of the negotiations.
red in the face
- to be embarrassedThe woman was red in the face after she dropped her keys down the elevator shaft.
- a day that is memorable because of some important eventSaturday was a red-letter day when we finally won the school championship.
- excessive formalities in official transactionsThere was much red tape when we went to the city to get a business license.
reduced to (something)
- to be brought into a humble condition or stateThe building was reduced to ashes after the terrible fire.
reel off (something) or reel (something) off
- to recite something quickly and accuratelyI tried hard to reel off all of the events of the past week.
refer to (someone or something)
- to direct attention to someone or somethingThe man referred to a letter that he had previously written.
refill a prescription
- to sell a second set of medicine on a doctor's ordersI went to the pharmacy to refill a prescription for my mother.
regain one's composure
- to become calm and composed after a stressful eventThe woman took several hours to regain her composure after the fight with her husband.
regain one's feet
- to stand up again after falling or almost falling, to become independent after financial difficultiesI quickly regained my feet after almost falling on the sidewalk.
The man has finally regained his feet after losing his job.
regardless of (something)
- without considering or thinking about something, without regard to something, in spite of somethingRegardless of the weather, we will go fishing tomorrow.
regular as clockwork
- to be very dependable and regularThe bus comes by our house as regular as clockwork every morning.
a regular guy
- a friendly person who everyone gets along withThe mayor of the city is a regular guy and is well-liked by most people.
reinvent the wheel
- to recreate something that already existsOur supervisor always wants to reinvent the wheel and do many things two times even when it is not necessary.
reject (something) out of hand
- to reject something without thinking much about itThe mayor of the city rejected the idea out of hand.
relative to (someone or something)
- in proportion to someone or somethingThe house was not very large relative to the amount of money that it cost.
reliance on (someone or something)
- trust and dependence on someone or somethingI think that my father has too much reliance on his business partner and it is causing him problems.
religious about (doing something)
- to be strict about doing somethingMy father is religious about brushing his teeth before he goes to bed at night.
reluctant to (do something)
- to not want to do somethingThe surgeon was reluctant to operate on the young boy.
remains to be seen
- it is not yet known or decidedIt remains to be seen who will come to the party this evening.
reminiscent of (someone or something)
- to remind someone of someone or something, to seem like someone or somethingThe music festival is reminiscent of the large music festivals of fifty years ago.
reputed to be/do something
- to be thought to do or be or have somethingThe new police chief is reputed to be the best police chief in the country.
resign oneself to (something)
- to accept something reluctantlyI must resign myself to the fact that I will probably not get the job that I want.
resonate with (someone)
- to appeal to someone or cause someone to like somethingThe idea of a film festival resonated with most members of the community.
the responsible party
- the person or organization responsible or liable for somethingThe responsible party for the accident was taken away by the police for questioning.
- to be assured, to be certain"You can rest assured that I will be at work early every morning this week."
rest in peace
- to lie dead peacefully for eternityWe prayed that my aunt would rest in peace after she passed away.
rest on one`s laurels
- to be satisfied with the success that one has already achievedMy boss is always willing to work hard and does not try to rest on his laurels.
result in (something)
- to cause something to happenThe bad road conditions resulted in many accidents this morning.
return the compliment
- to pay a compliment to someone who has paid you a complimentI returned the compliment to my colleague when he began to praise my work.
return the favor
- to do a good deed for someone who has done a good deed for youI returned the favor to my friend who had helped me move to my new apartment.
rev (something) up or rev up (something)
- to make an engine run very fastThe young man began to rev the motor of his car up while he was waiting for his friend.
rhyme or reason
- a good plan or reason, a reasonable purpose or explanation (usually used in negative or interrogative or conditional sentences)There was no rhyme or reason as to why my friend suddenly quit his job.
rich in (something)
- to have valuable resources or characteristics or traditions or historyMany vegetables are rich in important vitamins.
ride herd on (someone)
- to watch closely and control someoneThe new supervisor likes to ride herd on the people who work for him.
ride off in all directions
- to try to do everything at once, to behave in a totally confused mannerAfter the meeting everyone seemed to ride off in all directions and we did not know where anyone was going.
ride on (someone's) coattails
- to have one's fortune or success depend on another personThe sales manager was riding on the coattails of his boss and hoped to achieve success in the company.
ride roughshod over (someone or something)
- to treat someone or something with disdain or scornThe new teacher is riding roughshod over the needs of the students.
- to travel in the front seat of a car or truck, to protect or guard something when it is being transportedI rode shotgun with the farmer as he looked at his fields.
ride (something) out or ride out (something)
- to endure something unpleasant, to survive something safelyWe were able to ride out the storm by staying in a small restaurant.
ride the gravy train
- to exploit something for easy profit or advantage, to experience excessive success or profit without deserving itWe have been able to ride the gravy train and make much money at our job recently.
riding for a fall
- to be risking failure or an accident due to overconfidenceMy friend is riding for a fall if he continues his present attitude at his job.
- to be enjoying great popularity, to be attracting attentionThe new government has been riding high in the opinion polls for several months now.
right and left
- on both sides, on all sides, everywhereThe child looked right and left before he crossed the road.
right as rain
- to be correct, to be genuineThe figures that I gave to my supervisor are as right as rain.
right at (a specific time/place)
- to be exactly at a specific time or placeThe concert started right at 9:00 PM.
- immediately"I forgot to bring my book but I will go home and get it right away."
right down (someone's) alley
- to be ideally suited to someone's interests or abilitiesThe webpage development project was right down my alley and I was very happy to do it.
right off the bat
- immediately, from the beginningI told my boss right off the bat that we did not need a new computer for the office.
- that`s right, yes (indicates approval for something)The man yelled "right on" every time the politician promised to lower taxes.
right on time
- to be exactly at the correct timeThe train arrived at the station right on time.
- to say or tell something plainly or in a way that hides nothingI told the new supervisor right out that I did not like him.
right side up
- with the correct side upwardsThe bus drove off the highway and rolled over but it landed right side up when it stopped.
right under one`s nose
- to be in an obvious or nearby placeI found the calculator right under my nose after searching for it for an hour.
right up (someone's) alley
- to be ideally suited to someone's interests or abilitiesWorking with numbers is right up my alley.
ring a bell
- to remind someone of somethingThe name does not ring a bell and I am sure that I have never heard of the man.
ring down the curtain on (something)
- to bring something to an endThe famous singer rang down the curtain on an evening of wonderful music.
ring in the New Year
- to celebrate the beginning of the new yearWe decided to ring in the New Year at my parent's house.
- to sound or seem true or likelyThe predictions by the scientists are beginning to ring true.
ring up (someone) or ring (someone) up
- to telephone someoneYou should ring up the police if you see a strange person around your house.
ring up (something) or ring (something) up
- to add and record a sale on a cash registerI went to the cash register so the clerk could ring up the items that I had bought.
rip into (someone or something)
- to attack someone or something physically or verballyMy mother ripped into me when I came home late from the party.
rip off (someone or something) or rip (someone or something) off
- to cheat or rob someone or somethingThe mechanic at the gas station ripped me off.
ripe old age
- a very old ageMy uncle lived to a ripe old age.
a ripple of excitement
- a series of quiet but excited whispersThere was a ripple of excitement in the concert hall when the singer walked onto the stage.
a ripple of protest
- a small amount of quiet protestThere was only a ripple of protest when the government raised the gasoline tax.
Rise and shine!
- Get out of bed and begin the day!"Rise and shine!" my father called to me in the morning.
rise to the bait
- to be lured by some kind of bait or enticementMy friend rose to the bait when I offered to help him if he would help me.
rise to the challenge
- to show that you can deal with a difficult situation successfullyI am sure that my uncle will rise to the challenge and make a good speech at the wedding.
rise to the occasion
- to show that you can deal with a difficult situation successfullyOur teacher rose to the occasion and made a very good presentation at the meeting.
a risk of rain/showers/thunderstorms
- a chance of rain or showers or thunderstormsThere was a risk of showers so we decided not to go on a picnic today.
risk one's neck to (do something)
- to risk physical harm in order to do somethingI risked my neck in order to rescue the cat from the roof.
rivet (someone's) attention
- to keep someone's attention fixed on somethingThe man riveted our attention as he continued to climb up the side of the tall building.
- a driver who uses more than his share of the roadMy father became angry at the road-hog who was in front of our car.
rob Peter to pay Paul
- to take something from one person or thing to pay anotherWhen the government began to take money from the education system to pay for the medical system it was like robbing Peter to pay Paul.
rob the cradle
- to marry a person much younger than oneselfEverybody said that my boss was robbing the cradle when he married the young woman at our company.
rock the boat
- to upset the way things areThe woman is a very quiet worker and never likes to rock the boat.
- to return at a regular or usual time, to come backEvery time that my birthday rolls around I have a big party.
roll back (a price)
- to reduce a price to a previous amountThe prices at the computer store were rolled back during the big sale.
- to arrive in great numbers or quantityThe money has been rolling in since we started the new business.
roll out a product
- to release a product for saleThe company will roll out their new computers soon.
roll out the red carpet
- to welcome an important guest by putting a red carpet down for him or her to walk onThey rolled out the red carpet when the Queen came for a visit.
roll out the red carpet
- to make a big effort to greet and entertain someoneWhenever I visit my aunt she rolls out the red carpet for me.
roll up one`s sleeves
- to prepare to work hard or seriously at somethingEverybody in our club rolled up their sleeves to help prepare for the party.
to be rolling in (something)
- to have large amounts of something (usually money)My friend is rolling in money and never has to work.
a rolling stone
- a person who does not live or work in one placeThe man is a rolling stone and I never know where to find him.
room and board
- food to eat and a place to liveThe young man received room and board as part of his salary.
root for (someone or something)
- to cheer and encourage someone or somethingI have been rooting for our hometown team since I was a child.
root (something) out or root out (something)
- to get rid of something completelyThe new city government is trying to root out the wasteful practices of the previous government.
rooted in (something)
- to be based on somethingThe popularity of the politician is rooted in his strong moral values and honesty.
rooted to the spot
- to be unable to move because of fear or surpriseThe boy was rooted to the spot as he watched the dog attack the rabbit.
rope (someone) into (doing something)
- to persuade or pressure someone to do somethingI roped my friend into helping me wash my car.
rotten to the core
- to be completely no good and worthlessThe local government was rotten to the core and everyone was happy when they were voted out of office.
- to be rough or crude but to be ready for somethingThe boat was rough-and-ready so we decided to take it for a ride.
- to be rough, a hard fighting or arguing style that does not follow any rules or lawsIt was a rough-and-tumble meeting at the city planning office last night.
a rough guess
- an approximate estimate or guessI made a rough guess about how many people would come to the party.
- to live in uncomfortable conditions without the usual comforts (such as on a camping trip)We were forced to rough it for a few days when the storm knocked out the electricity supply.
rough seas ahead
- many difficulties and challenges are coming in the near futureIt appears that there will be rough seas ahead in the economy.
rough up (someone) or rough (someone) up
- to attack or hurt someone physicallyThe three men roughed up the waiter at the hotel and were arrested by the police.
round off (something) or round (something) off
- to change a number to the next higher or lower whole numberWe rounded off the figure as it was much too big.
round out (something) or round (something) out
- to finish something by doing something specialWe rounded out the celebration with a meal in a restaurant.
- a letter written by a group of people with each person writing part of the letterWe sent a round-robin letter to the other members of the staff to try and get help for the annual flea market.
- a meeting or discussion in which each person in a group takes partWe had a round-robin panel discussion on what we could do to help protect the environment.
- a game or contest in which each player or team plays every other player or team in turnA round-robin tournament was held in order to choose the best team in the city.
- a train or bus or plane ticket that allows one to go to the destination and then later return homeWe purchased a round-trip ticket because it was cheaper than a one-way ticket.
round up (someone or something) or round (someone or something) up
- to bring together or collect someone or somethingWe were able to round up enough people to play a game of soccer last night.
- very good treatmentMy parents receive the royal treatment when they go to visit their relatives.
rub elbows/shoulders with (someone)
- to be in the same place as other people, to meet and mix with other peopleAt the party we were able to rub shoulders with many important people.
rub in (something) or rub (something) in
- to move over something using some pressure in order to put some cream or ointment or oil onto somethingI rubbed in the ointment onto my skin.
rub in (something) or rub (something) in
- to talk or joke about something that someone said or did"I know that I made a mistake but you should not rub it in."
rub off on (someone)
- to transmit a characteristic of one person to someone elseThe woman's habit of talking all the time has rubbed off on her daughter.
rub out (someone or something) or rub (someone or something) out
- to destroy something completely, to kill or eliminate someoneThe government troops rubbed out the entire village.
rub salt in (someone's) wound
- to deliberately make someone's unhappiness or shame or misfortune worseMy supervisor rubbed salt in my wound when he continued to criticize me for my mistake.
rub (someone) the wrong way
- to irritate others with something that one says or does, to make someone dislike youThe woman's rude behavior always rubs me the wrong way.
rub (someone's) nose in it
- to remind someone of something that he or she has done wrongOur supervisor always likes to rub our nose in it if we make a mistake.
rub (something) off or rub off (something)
- to remove something by rubbing, to erase somethingThe teacher rubbed off the writing on the whiteboard.
- to point feathers outward (used for a bird)The bird ruffled its feathers as the cat approached the cage.
ruffle (someone's) feathers
- to upset or annoy someoneI do not want to ruffle my friend's feathers as he is in a bad mood today.
ruin of (someone or something)
- the cause of someone's destruction or failureI think that the poor business skills of my uncle will be the ruin of him.
a rule of thumb
- a basic or accepted pattern or ruleIt is a rule of thumb in the fire department that nobody goes into a burning building by themselves.
rule out (someone or something) or rule (someone or something) out
- to decide against or eliminate someone or somethingThe police ruled out the man as a possible bank robber.
We decided to rule Monday out as the day to have our meeting.
rule the roost
- to be the dominant figure in a familyThe woman seems rather quiet but she rules the roost in her family.
- a meeting held after a larger meetingAfter the convention, I attended a rump session which was very interesting.
run a fever/temperature
- to have a body temperature higher than normalThe little boy was running a fever so his parents decided to call the doctor.
run a risk of (something)
- to be open to danger or lossYou run a risk of going to jail if you drive after drinking.
run a tight ship
- to be very strict and organized when managing an organization or your lifeMy friend runs a tight ship and makes few mistakes in his life.
The company manager runs a very tight ship.
run across (someone or something)
- to meet someone unexpectedly, to find something unexpectedlyI ran across an old friend in the library.
I ran across an interesting story in today's newspaper.
run afoul of (someone or something)
- to get into trouble with someone or somethingThe young man ran afoul of the law and got into much trouble.
run after (someone) or (something)
- to chase someoneThe young boys ran after the small dog.
run an ad
- to place or put an advertisement in a publicationThe government will run an ad to tell the public about the new gas tax.
run an errand
- to take a short trip to do a specific thingI was late for work because I had to run an errand in the morning.
- to go to various places to do thingsWe ran around all day and now we are very tired.
run around in circles
- to act confused, to do a lot but accomplish littleI have been running around in circles all day but I cannot seem to get anything done.
run around like a chicken with its head cut off
- to be in a state of chaos, to run around with what seems to be no purposeI spent the morning running around like a chicken with its head cut off when I heard that my mother was in the hospital.
run around (something)
- to run in circles around somethingThe little boy ran around the table.
run around with (someone)
- to be friends and do things with someone or with a groupMy cousin's son is running around with a bad group of people.
- to leave without permission, to escapeThe cat ran away when I opened the door.
The little boy ran away when the store manager began to talk to him.
run away with (someone)
- to go away with someone, to elope (run away and get married) with someoneThe girl ran away with her boyfriend and got married.
run away with (someone)
- to take hold of someoneTheir imagination ran away with them when the boys decided that they wanted to join the circus.
run away with (something)
- to take something quickly and secretly without permission or by stealing itSomeone ran away with the new computer so now we do not have one.
run away with (something)
- to be much better than others, to win easilyOur hometown team ran away with the football championship.
run circles/rings around (someone)
- to outrun or outdo someoneThe young boy can run circles around the others in his school.
run counter to (something)
- to be in opposition to somethingThe actions of the manager run counter to what he says that he believes.
run down (someone or something) or run (someone or something) down
- to crash against and knock down someone or somethingA car ran down my dog last week.
run down (someone) or run (someone) down
- to say bad things about someone, to criticize someoneThe girl is always running down her friends. That is why nobody likes her.
to be run down
- to get into poor health or condition, to look badMy friend has become run down since she started working at night.
run for it
- to dash for safety, to make a speedy escapeWhen it started raining we ran for it and tried to get to the bus shelter.
run for one's life
- to run away to save one's lifeI ran for my life when I met the bear on my camping trip.
run hot and cold
- to be sometimes good or useful or effective or positive and sometimes the oppositeThe reviews of the new movie are running hot and cold and I do not know if I will go and see it.
run in (somewhere)
- to make a brief visit or stop somewhereI ran in to see my sister at her office before I left for the weekend.
run in the family
- to be a common family characteristicBeing a left-handed golfer runs in our family.
- to intervene on behalf of someone in order to protect him or her from something (from American football)The company ran interference on their top salesman to protect him from the scandal.
run into a brick wall
- to come to a barrier against further progressI always run into a brick wall when I try to talk to my boss about a work problem.
run into (an amount of money or something)
- to add up to something, to total something, to amount to somethingThe damage from the storm will run into much money.
run into (someone)
- to meet someone by chanceI ran into my cousin when I was at the supermarket.
run into (someone or something)
- to hit someone or something, to crash into someone or somethingThe car ran into the truck on the highway.
run into (something)
- to mix with something, to join with somethingDuring the hot weather the red paint ran into the white paint.
run into (something - a fact or trouble or problems or difficulty)
- to experience something, to encounter somethingThe mechanic ran into trouble when he was fixing my car.
I ran into some interesting facts while I was researching my essay.
run like clockwork
- to run or progress very wellThe new production system runs like clockwork.
run low on (something)
- to near the end of a supply of somethingWe are running low on rice so I must buy some more.
- ordinary, usualThe restaurant was in a run-of-the-mill building but the food was superb.
run off at the mouth
- to talk excessivelyMy classmate is always running off at the mouth about something.
run off copies of (something)
- to produce copies with a printing press or a copy machineWe ran off many copies of the poster for the festival.
run off with (someone)
- to go away with someone, to elope (run away and get married) with someoneMy sister ran off with her boyfriend and got married when she was quite young.
run out of patience
- to become annoyed after being patient for a period of timeThe mother has run out of patience with her son.
run out of (something)
- to use all of something, to have no more of somethingThe car ran out of gas in the countryside.
The speaker ran out of things to say during his speech.
run out of time
- to use up all the available timeWe ran out of time at the meeting so we could not discuss the staffing issue.
We often run out of time during our class.
run over (someone or something)
- to drive on top of someone or somethingWe ran over a rabbit on the way to the meeting.
run over (something)
- to be too full and flow over the edgeThe water ran over the edge of the bathtub and made everything in the room wet.
run over (something)
- to read or go over something quickly, to practice something brieflyWe will run over the material before the meeting.
- to be tired or exhaustedThe woman is being run ragged by her three children.
- to be or grow out of controlThe use of illegal taxis is running rampant in our city.
- to be out of controlThe soccer fans ran riot after the game.
- to behave as if one were going to fail or loseThe politician has been running scared in his attempt to win re-election.
run short of (something)
- to not have enough of somethingWe ran short of money during our trip to Europe.
run (someone) in or run in (someone)
- to take someone to jail, to arrest someoneThe police ran the man in for questioning about the robbery.
run (someone) out or run out (someone)
- to force someone to leave, to expel someoneThe police ran the drug dealers out of town.
run (something) by (someone)
- to tell someone an idea or plan in order to get his or her opinionI plan to run my idea by my friend this evening.
We usually try and run our plans by our manager.
run (something) by (someone) again
- to say something again, to repeat somethingI asked my colleague to run his idea by me again.
run (something) into the ground
- to use something more than is wanted or needed, to neglect somethingThe man ran his car into the ground and had to buy another one.
run the gauntlet
- to face a hard test or painful experienceI had to run the gauntlet of many interviews before I got the job.
run the good race
- to do the best that one canThe politician ran the good race but in the end he lost the election.
run the show
- to be in charge of an organization or activityMy uncle runs the show at his company.
The woman likes to run the show when she works on a project.
run through (money or something)
- to spend money recklessly, to use up something wastefullyWe ran through a lot of money when we bought furniture for our new apartment.
run through (something)
- to read or practice something from the beginning to the end without stoppingI usually try to run through my speech a couple of times before I have to give it.
run to (an amount of money)
- to amount to a certain amount of moneyThe cost of repairing my car may run to more money than I can pay.
run to seed
- to become worn-out and uncared forThe small store has run to seed and few people like to go there now.
- to add to the amount of somethingWe ran up a large bill at the department store before we went home.
run up against (something)
- to encounter somethingThe city ran up against many problems when they were building the highway.
run up (something) or run (something) up
- to pull something up on a ropeWe ran up the flag early this morning before the parade began.
run up to (someone or something)
- to approach someone or something by runningThe dog ran up to the little boy.
- to be or go out of controlThe crowd ran wild after the soccer game.
run with (something)
- to implement something (to take a ball in a football game and run with it)My boss took my idea and ran with it.
to be running high
- to have one's feelings in a state of excitement or angerFeelings about the train accident are running high and the government must explain what happened.
a rush on (something)
- a large demand for somethingThere was a rush on candles when the electricity was off for three days.
- a game of chance in which one bullet is placed in a revolver and the cartridge is spun and the player aims the gun at his head and pulls the triggerThe men in the movie played Russian roulette until one of them finally died.
- a potentially dangerous situationPutting the dangerous chemicals on the old ship was like playing a game of Russian roulette.
rustle (something) up or rustle up (something)
- to find and prepare some food or somethingWe went home after the game and began to rustle up some dinner.