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English Idioms and Idiomatic Expressions 


Alphabetical List of Idioms R, page 6

Idioms R, page 6:  from:   'middle of the road'   to:   'rooted to the spot'


  • middle of the road (MOR)
    • This term refers to anything moderate, unadventurous or inoffensive that avoids extremes and appeals to the majority of people.
      "He's a successful middle-of-the-road entertainer. My mother wouldn't miss a show!"

  • a roaring trade
    • If you do a roaring trade, your business is very successful.
      "Cosmetic surgeons are doing a roaring trade these days."

  • rob the cradle
    • If you rob the cradle, you have a romantic relationship with someone who is much younger than yourself.
      "My uncle Ted is dating a twenty-year-old girl. Now that's really robbing the cradle!"

  • rob Peter to pay Paul
    • If someone robs Peter to pay Paul, they pay one debt with money borrowed from someone else, thus creating another debt.
      "David borrowed from a friend to pay his overdraft, a typical case of robbing Peter to pay Paul."

  • don't rock the boat
    • If you tell someonenot to rock the boat, you are asking them to do nothing that might cause trouble or upset a stable situation.
      "After the recent riots, it was decided not to rock the boat by introducing strict measures."

  • rocket science / rocket scientist
    • If you say 'it's not rocket science' or 'no need to be a rocket scientist', you stress the fact that something presents no major difficulty.
      "Bob will explain how it works. Don't worry - it's not rocket science!"

  • roll up your sleeves
    • When you roll up your sleeves, you get ready for hard work.
      "The house was in a mess after the party so we had to roll up our sleeves and start cleaning."

  • roll with the punches
    • When someone has to roll with the punches, they have to deal with a difficult situation by being flexible.
      "The atmosphere has become very aggressive. We'll just have to roll with the punches."

  • rolling in money
    • Someone who is very wealthy or has access to great amounts of money is rolling in money.
      "Steve has no financial problems. His parents are rolling in money."

  • when in Rome, do as the Romans do
    • This expression means that you should adopt the customs of the people or country you are visiting, and behave in the same way.

  • go through the roof
    • If someone goes through the roof, they become very angry.
      "His father nearly went through the roof when Paul damaged his new car."

  • root and branch
    • If an action is performed thoroughly or completely, it is done 'root and branch'.
      "The causes of the disease must be eliminated root and branch."

  • rooted to the spot
    • If you are so shocked, surprised or scared that you are rooted to the spot, you reaction is so strong that you are unable to move.
      "Joe stood rooted to the spot as the plane landed on the water."

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