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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.

Rattle on.- (insep) When you rattle on, you 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) 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.

Read on.- (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.

Ring off.- (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.

  • 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 [Round something off].- 1 When you round something off, you change a figure into the nearest whole number.

  • The answer should be rounded off.

2 When you round something off, you bring it to a nice end.

  • Shall 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.

  • They 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.

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

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 together.

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.

Run away.- When you run away, you leave a place by running; you escape.

  • The kids knocked on the door and ran away.

Run 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.

  • He 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 pay increases.

  • 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

  • He 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?

 

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