A TO Z IDIOMS

Idioms beginning with R

  • Race Against Time

    Meaning: To rush to meet a deadline, to be forced to do something very quickly

  • Rain Cats And Dogs

    Meaning: Rain heavily

  • Rain Cats and Dogs

    Meaning: Rain very heavily

  • Rain on Someone’s Parade

    Meaning: Spoil someone’s plans

  • Raise (Someone’s) Hackles

    Meaning: Make someone angry and defensive

  • Raise One’s Voice

    Meaning: Talk loudly

  • Raise Red Flags

    Meaning: Warn of trouble ahead

  • Raise the Bar

    Meaning: Increase standards in a certain competition or area of endeavor

  • Raise the Roof

    Meaning: Make a great deal of noise (said of a crowd)

  • Rake (Someone) Over the Coals

    Meaning: To scold someone severely

  • Rake Over the Ashes

    Meaning: Restart a settled argument; examine a failure

  • Rake Someone Over the Coals

    Meaning: Scold severely

  • Rank and File

    Meaning: The ordinary members of an organization

  • Read Between the Lines

    Meaning: Perceive what is not explicitly stated

  • Read the Tea Leaves

    Meaning: Predict the future from small signs

  • Rear Its Ugly Head (said of a problem or something unpleasant)

    Meaning: Appear, be revealed

  • Rearrange the Deck Chairs on the Titanic

    Meaning: Taking superficial actions while ignoring a much larger and perhaps fatal problem

  • Red Flag

    Meaning: A warning; a sign of trouble ahead

  • Red Herring

    Meaning: A misleading clue; something intended to mislead

  • Red Meat

    Meaning: Political appeals designed to excite one’s core supporters; demagoguery

  • Red Tape

    Meaning: Bureaucracy; difficult bureaucratic or governmental requirements

  • Red-Light District

    Meaning: A neighborhood with many houses of prostitution

  • Reinvent the Wheel

    Meaning: Devise a solution to a problem for which a solution already exists

  • Riding High

    Meaning: Enjoying success

  • Right as Rain

    Meaning: Absolutely correct

  • Right Under (One’s) Nose

    Meaning: In an obvious location, yet overlooked

  • Right-Hand Man

    Meaning: Chief assistant

  • Right-Hand Man

    Meaning: Chief assistant

  • Ring a Bell

    Meaning: Sound familiar

  • Ring a Bell

    Meaning: When something seems familiar

  • Rob Peter to Pay Paul

    Meaning: Pay off a debt with another loan; solve a problem in such a way that it leads to a new problem

  • Rob the Cradle

    Meaning: To be sexually or romantically involved with someone who is very young

  • Rob the Cradle

    Meaning: To be sexually or romantically involved with someone who is very young

  • Rock Bottom

    Meaning: An absolute low point

  • Rock the Boat

    Meaning: Cause a disruption in a group. Often used in the negative,don’t rock the boat.

  • Roll the Dice On

    Meaning: Take a risk

  • Roll With the Punches

    Meaning: Deal with problems by being flexible

  • Rome Wasn’t Built in a Day

    Meaning: Complex projects take time

  • Rookie Mistake

    Meaning: An error made by an inexperienced person

  • Rotten to the Core

    Meaning: Entirely evil

  • Rub (Something) in Someone’s Face

    Meaning: Humiliate someone by repeating and criticizing his or her mistake

  • Rub It In

    Meaning: Say something that makes someone feel even worse about a mistake

  • Rub Someone’s Nose in (Something)

    Meaning: Humiliate someone by repeating and criticizing his or her mistake

  • Rubber-Stamp

    Meaning: Approve something without consideration, as a formality

  • Rule of Thumb

    Meaning: A general principle or guideline, not a specific formula

  • Run a Tight Ship

    Meaning: Manage an organization in a strict, well-regulated way

  • Run in the Family

    Meaning: Be inherited (as a trait) by multiple members of a family

  • Run in the Family

    Meaning: To be a common family characteristic

  • Run into a Buzz

    Meaning: Saw Encounter severe and unexpected problems

  • Run into a Buzz

    Meaning: Saw Encounter severe and unexpected problems

  • Run off at the Mouth

    Meaning: Talk a lot about unimportant things, talk incoherently

  • Run on Fumes

    Meaning: To be in a situation where one’s energy or resources is almost exhausted

  • Run Out of Steam

    Meaning: Lose momentum, become tired

  • Run the Table

    Meaning: Win every game or contest