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English Idioms and Idiomatic Expressions 

Alphabetical List of Idioms R, page 2

Idioms R, page 2:  from:   'rake in the money'   to:   'read the riot act'

  • rake in the money 
    • If you rake in the money, you make money in large quantities.
      "Bob's business is so successful, he's raking in the money."

  • ram something down someone's throat
    • If you ram something down someone's throat, you force them to accept something against their will.
      "I encourage him to learn English but I can't ram it down his throat."

  • rant and rave
    • If you rant and rave about something, you protest noisily and forcefully.
      "The old man ranted and raved about the new waste collection system, but he had to accept it."

  • rap on/across the knuckles
    • If someone gets a rap on/across the knuckles, they are punished or reprimanded, but not very severely, as a reminder not to do something again.
      "Andy got a rap on the knuckles for coming home late."

  • take the rap
    • If you take the rap for something, you accept blame or punishment for it, even if you have not done it.
      "The whole class had to take the rap for the disorder."

  • in raptures
    • If you are in raptures about something, you are delighted or very enthusiastic.
      "Caroline is in raptures about her new apartment."

  • raring to go
    • If someone is raring to go, they are very eager and enthusiastic about the idea of doing something.
      "The kids can't wait to go camping. They're raring to go!"

  • rat race
    • Continuous stressful competition in modern society for success, power or money, especially in business, is called the rat race.
      "Emily is sick and tired of the rat race. She's going to leave her job in a big company and work freelance."

  • like a rat up a drainpipe
    • If someone moves or runs like a rat up a drainpipe, they do it as quickly as possible.
      "When the police informer saw a friend, he took off like a rat up a drainpipe."

  • smell a rat
    • To say 'I smell a rat' means that you suspect that something is wrong, or that someone is doing something dishonest or incorrect.
      "The profits announced are abnormally low. I smell a rat."

  • rats in the attic
    • If you say that someone has rats in the attic, you mean that they are a bit mad or that their behaviour is eccentric.
      "She keeps repeating the same question. I think she's got rats in the attic."

  • rather you than me
    • This expression is used to express sympathy with someone who has to do something unpleasant or difficult, and you would not like to be in their situation.
      "I have to announce the bad new to the child's parents."
      "Oh dear, rather you than me."

  • reach for the moon
    • If you reach for the moon, you are very ambitious and try to achieve something even if it is difficult.
      "His parents were hardworking people who encouraged their children to reach for the moon."

  • reach saturation point
    • When something reaches saturation point, it is so full that nothing more can be added.
      "That's enough information for today. My brain has reached saturation point!"

  • read between the lines
    • Someone who can read between the lines is able to understand thoughts or feelings that are not expressed openly.
      "He didn’t say he was worried but his wife could read between the lines."

  • read someone like a book
    • If you can read someone like a book, you are able to understand easily what they are thinking or feeling.
      "Eva has been my best friend since we were children. I can read her like a book!"

  • read the riot act
    • If you declare with force and authority that something must stop, and announce the consequences if it happens again, you read the riot act.
      "Dad read us the riot act when we messed up his tool-shed."

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