A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P R S T W Z

CTRL + F to search this page

 

Rack up [Rack something up] (losses, sales, points, titles) Gradually increase in number or amount.

  • 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) 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.

Rattle on (insep) Talk continuouly in a boring way. rabbit on

  • He kept rattling on about her new car.
  • He started rattling on about something that had happened at his office.

Rabbit on (insep) 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.

Read on (insep) 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.

Ring off (insep) Finish a phone conversation.

  • She had to ring off after about ten minutes, because her bus was coming.

Ring up [Ring somebody up] Phone somebody. 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] Charge somebody too much money.

  • We've 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 1 [Round something off] Change a figure into the nearest whole number.

  • The answer should be rounded off.

2 finish Bring something to a pleasant end.

  • Shall we have a drink to round off the evening?

Round up 1 [Round something up] (cattle, criminals, suspects) Go after animals to put them altogether somewhere..

  • They are modern-day cowboys, using helicopters and stripped-down jeeps to round up cattle.

2 Increase something to the nearest whole number.

  • To simplify the graph, the sales figures have been rounded up to the nearest 100.

Rub along (insep) 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 together.
  • We have always rubbed along very well with all our surrounding neighbours.

Rub in [Rub something in] 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) Exclude something.

  • He did not rule out the possibility that the two sides could reach a settlement before the case goes to trial.

Run away Leave a place by running; escape.

  • The kids knocked on the door and ran away.

Run away from [Run away from something] (insep) (responsibility, truth, facts, situation, reality) Try to avoid dealing with something.

  • 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) 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) Hhit somebody with a car and drive over them.

  • He said that there had been an accident. Gary had been run over by a truck and his leg was broken.
  • Dubai plans 10 new pedestrian bridges to cut risk of being run over.
  • He was run over by a bus.

Run up [Run something up] (debt, bill, account, overdraft, deficit) Be left with an ammount of money you have to pay.

  • 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) Go in in a hurry. rush out

  • Neighbors spoke of a horrific scene as firefighters rushed in.

Rush off (insep) Leave in a hurry. dash off

  • Where are you two rushing off to?

Rush out (insep) Go out in a hurry. rush in

  • He rushed outside, leapt into a taxi and headed for the Bronx.

 

 

A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P R S T W Z

For other verbs and to get more examples search the Generator.