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English Idioms and Idiomatic Expressions 

Alphabetical List of Idioms - R, page 7
from:  'rotten apple'   to:  'run down'

  • rotten apple
    • This term refers to a person who is considered to be dishonest or immoral and has a bad influence on others in the group.
      "It is said that in any profession there is always a rotten apple."

  • rough and ready
    • Something which is rough and ready is adequate but rather rudimentary or unrefined.
      "The accommodation is rough and ready but the scenery is fantastic!"

  • rough diamond
    • A person who had many qualities but is rather unrefined, lacking polished manners and/or education, is said to be a rough diamond.
      "He's a very good-natured person but a bit of a rough diamond!"

  • rough justice
    • Treatment or justice that does not seem fair, or is too severe, is called 'rough justice', especially if it is not legal.
      "The way the player was treated by the media was very rough justice!"

  • take the rough with the smooth
    • If you take the rough with the smooth, you accept what is unpleasant or difficult as well as what is pleasant or easy.
      "Life isn't always easy; you have to learn to take the rough with the smooth."

  • rub salt into the wound 
    • If you are in a difficult or unpleasant situation, and somebody rubs salt into the wound, they do or say something to make things worse.
      "The separation from Julie was already difficult for Alex. Mentioning her new boyfriend just rubbed salt into the wound."

  • rub someone (up) the wrong way
    • If you rub someone (up) the wrong way, you annoy or irritate them without intending to.
      "Be careful not to rub the boss (up) the wrong way if you want a promotion!"

  • rub shoulders (with)
    • If you rub shoulders with someone, you have an opportunity to meet and talk to that person, especially someone wealthy, famous or distinguished.
      "In her job in public relations, she sometimes rubs shoulders with famous people."

  • (when the) rubber hits the road
    • The moment when you put a theory into practice, or actually apply what you have learned, is when the rubber hits the road.
      "The plan sounds good. I'd like to be there when the rubber hits the road."

  • rue the day
    • If you rue the day you did something, you bitterly regret what you did that day.
      "Lea's father disapproved of Tony. He said she would rue the day she married him."

  • sweep (something) under rug
    • If you sweep something under the rug (or carpet), you try to hide it because it is embarrassing.
      "The family tried unsuccessfully to sweep the scandal under the rug."

  • rule the roost
    • If you rule the roost, you are the most important and powerful person in a group or community.
      "Officially David runs the company, but it's his father who rules the roost."

  • bend the rules
    • If a person bends the rules, they change the rules in order to help somebody.
      "An hour is an hour" said the car park attendant who refused to bend the rules."

  • run down
    • A person who is run down is in poor physical condition.
      "She's completely run down from lack of proper food.."

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