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Rack up [Rack something up].- (losses, sales, points, titles) When you rack something up, it gradually increases in number or ammount.
- Japanese athletes racked up only two medals in Salt Lake City.
- Most biotech companies are still racking up losses.
- You may begin racking up points as soon as your membership is approved.
Rake up [Rake something up].- (scandal, the past, old grivances, quarrel,
filth, mistake, misdeeds, story) When you rake something up, you remind
somebody of unpleasant events in the past: Dig up, dredge up
- I didn't feel entirely comfortable raking up the past but I agreed to support her whatever she decided.
- I have no desire to rake up old grievances, or to enter into a fresh discussion as to who was right and who wrong.
(insep) When you rattle on, you talk continuouly in a boring way. Rabbit on
kept rattling on about her new car.
- He started rattling on about something that had happened at his office.
(insep) When you rabbit on, you talk continuouly in a boring way: Rattle on
- While the blokes would rabbit on about football or train sets, their partners would discuss shopping, holidays or hairstyles.
(insep) When you read on, you continue reading after having stopped.
- Read on and learn how to write a better resume by avoiding the mistakes of others.
- Read on to see what happened.
(insep) When you ring off, you finish a phone conversation.
- She had to ring off after about ten minutes, because her bus was coming.
Ring up [Ring somebody up].-
When you ring somebody up, you phone them: . Call up, phone up
- He said he was sick and tired of people ringing him up and asking him about it.
Rip off [Rip somebody off].-
When you rip somebody off, you charge somebody too much money.
been ripped off.
- The Internet has opened
new doors to sales of all kinds. And, unfortunately, crooks are finding
new opportunities to rip people off.
Round off [Round something off].- 1 When you round something off,
you change a figure into the nearest whole number.
answer should be rounded off.
2 When you round something off, you bring it to a nice end.
we have a drink to round off the evening?
Round up [Round something up].- 1 (cattle, criminals,
suspects) When you round people or animals up, you catch them.
are modern-day cowboys, using helicopters and stripped-down jeeps
to round up cattle.
2 When you
round up a figure, you increase it to the nearest whole number.
simplify the graph, the sales figures have been rounded up to the
Rub along.- (insep) When people rub along they manage to have a satisfactory relationship.
- Friendship's one thing; love's another. If they
din't have time together to see how they rubbed along in everyday life
I don't see how they could possibly know whether it was going to work.
- Arguments are just part of being a couple and having to rub along
Rub in [Rub something in].- When you rub it in, you keep talking about something that makes another person embarrased or makes them feel bad.
- Okay, okay, you've made your point! No need to rub it in.
- I admit I was wrong but you don't have to rub it in my face.
Rule out [Rule something out].- (possibility, idea) When
you rule something out, you exclude it.
- He did
not rule out the possibility that the two sides could reach a settlement
before the case goes to trial.
When you run away, you leave a place by running; you escape.
- The kids knocked on the door and ran away.
from [Run away from something].- (insep) (responsibility,
truth, facts, situation, reality) When you run away from something,
you try to avoid dealing with it.
- I am proud of him for not running away from his responsibilities, but I am still worried.
Run out [Run ou, run out of something].- (insep) (money, time, patience,
petrol, milk, coffee, sugar, supplies) When you run out of something,
you use something until there's nothing left.
- The police
caught him when his car ran out of petrol three miles from the scene
of the crime.
Run over [Run over somebody].- (or an animal, often passive) When you run over somebody,
you hit somebody with a car and drive over them.
said that there had been an accident. Gary had been run over by a truck
and his leg was broken.
Run up [Run something up].- (debt, bill, account, overdraft,
deficit) When you run something up, the ammount of money you have to
- He ran up a huge bill at the Hilton
Hotel, and a host of other places in London, and then he just evaporated
into thin air.
Rush in.- (insep) When you rush in, you go in in a hurry. Rush out
- Neighbors spoke of a horrific scene as firefighters rushed in.
Rush out.- (insep) When you rush out, you go out in a hurry. Rush in
rushed outside, leapt into a taxi and headed for the Bronx.
Rush off.- (insep) When you rush off, you leave in a hurry. Dash off
- Where are you two rushing off to?