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English Idioms & Idiomatic Expressions

Alphabetical List - R

(page 3 : recharge batteries  →  refresh memory)

recharge one's batteries When you recharge your batteries, you take a break from a tiring or stressful activity in order to relax and recover your energy.
Sam is completely overworked. He needs a holiday to recharge his batteries.
recipe for disaster If you refer to a plan or idea as a recipe for disaster, you think it is likely to produce bad results.
Our two families together for Christmas? Sounds like a recipe for disaster!
put the records straight If you put or set the records straight, you provide facts or an explanation to correct a mistake or misunderstanding.
An interview on television enabled the actress to set the records straight about her health.
red carpet To roll out the red carpet means to give special treatment to an important or honoured visitor.
The management is going to roll out the red carpet for the visit of the Nobel prize winner.
red flag to a bull To say that a statement or action is like a red flag to a bull means that it is sure to make someone very angry or upset.
Don't mention Tom's promotion to Mike.  It would be like a red flag to a bull!
red herring A red herring is a fact or argument introduced into a discussion which draws attention away from the main point.
Look, bureaucracy is a red herring. How to deal with the crisis is the important issue today.
red light district An area of a town or city where there is a concentration of sex shops, prostitution, strip clubs, etc. is known as the red light district.
A photograph of the politician taken in a red-light district caused a scandal.
red tape The term red tape refers to official rules and bureaucratic paperwork that prevent things from being done quickly.
If there wasn't so much red tape, the company would be up and running already.
in the red If a person or organisation is in the red, they owe money or have a negative account.
I'm afraid I can't lend you any money.  I'm in the red myself.
paint the town red If you paint the town red, you go out and enjoy a lively evening in bars, night-clubs, etc.
To celebrate the victory, the team's supporters painted the town red.
see red If someone sees red, they suddenly become very angry or annoyed.
Discrimination of any kind makes me see red.
caught red-handed If a person is caught red-handed, they are caught while they are doing something wrong or illegal.
The boy was caught red-handed stealing chocolate in the supermarket.
redress the balance An effort to redress the balance is an attempt to make things equal.
With too few girls entering university, the authorities declared that an effort would be made to redress the balance.
reduce to tears If your behaviour or attitude makes someone cry, you reduce them to tears.
The teacher criticized her presentation so harshly that she was reduced to tears.
refresh someone's memory If you refresh someone's memory, you remind them of facts they seem to have forgotten.
Let me refresh your memory - you've already missed three classes this term.
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