Idioms beginning with R

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rub off

Meaning: refers to the transfer or influence of qualities, behaviors, or characteristics from one person to another.

Example: The instructor patiently explained the technique, ensuring that the knowledge would rub off on the students. Read more ➺

rainbow baby

Meaning: a baby that was born after a previous pregnancy loss.

Example: Finally, Noah was their rainbow baby after several miscarriages. Read more ➺

rank and file

Meaning: the ordinary staff members of an organization, and not the leaders or officers.

Example: The rank-and-file members need to unite and fight against the savage management. Read more ➺

rise to the occasion

Meaning: achieve extraordinary results under pressure.

Example: I know I will rise to the occasion when challenges arise. Read more ➺

go round in circles

Meaning: to waste energy and time engaging in aimless, trivial, or futile activities.

Example: I attempted to draft an outline for my thesis. However, my ideas were so mixed up in a confused way that I kept going around in circles. Read more ➺

red flag

Meaning: a sign of a particular issue requiring attention.

Example: United, American, and Delta airlines suspended all flights to China. This was a red flag as the coronavirus wreaked havoc on the airline industry. Read more ➺

raze to the ground

Meaning: destroy or demolish.

Example: We will raze the old, rickety building to the ground. Read more ➺

right as rain

Meaning: to imply that everything is satisfactory.

Example: He was right as rain after a few days in bed after getting injured. Read more ➺

roll with the punches

Meaning: to be positive and not let failures or criticism get you down.

Example: His negotiating ability and willingness to roll with punches impressed all sides. Read more ➺

riddle me

Meaning: a catchphrase used to introduce a joke, observation, question, or riddle.

Example: Despite acting so confidently, riddle me this: how will we get all that money within a day? Read more ➺