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English Idioms and Idiomatic Expressions 

Alphabetical List of Idioms R, page 3

Idioms R, page 3:  from:   'ready and waiting'   to:   'in the red'

  • ready and waiting
    • Something or someone that is ready and waiting is prepared and available for a particular task or occasion.
      "There was a vast amount of food ready and waiting for the guests."

  • ready to drop
    • Someone who is ready to drop is nearly too exhausted to stay standing.
      "I've been shopping all day with Judy. I'm ready to drop!"

  • reap the harvest / reap what you sow
    • If you reap the harvest, or reap what you sow, you benefit or suffer as a direct result of your past actions.
      "When Jimmy won his first match, he began to reap the harvest of all the hard training."

  • rear its ugly head
    • If something unpleasant reappears after lying dormant for some time, it rears its ugly head.
      "It is feared that fascism is rearing its ugly head again in some countries."

  • 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. That would be like a red flag to a bull!"

  • red herring
    • A red herringis 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."

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