– Idioms – Letter R –
- (to be) A Cut Above The Rest – this is an Idiomatic, Adjectival and Prepositional Phrasal-Noun which is used to express that: Someone or something is significantly better than “the rest”. The noun “cut” could be referring to a “cut” of meat, or it could be referring to the “cut” of a fine suit. This phrase is an “old” one (meaning that it is older than me) 😀 and – as such – the origin is not clear. However, the use is clear…
“GiveMeSomeEnglish!!! is clearly unique among the English language websites. In fact the others don’t even compare. You could say that GiveMeSomeEnglish!!! is a cut above the rest.” 😉
- (to) Get Rid Of (something) – This is an Idiomatic and Prepositional Phrasal-Verb. Though most Idiomatic phrasal verbs do not have a logical meaning, this one actually does. To “Get” something, means to obtain it. “Rid” is a very old verb which means: “to be free of something”. So to “get rid of something” simply means to obtain the “freedom” from whatever “of” is referring to… It is often used as a expression meaning: To dispose of something; throw something away; or (when speaking of a person or some intangible thing – thoughts, feelings, etc.) it means: To free one’s Self from that person or thing, so that it is longer a burden in one’s Life.
- (to) Hit/Punch/Push All The Right Buttons – This is an Idiomatic Adjectival Verb Phrase. Though “Hits”, “Punches” and “Pushes” are all verbs, this is not describing an action but rather is using an action to describe a thing. In computers, and video games (or even when typing a sentence like this) it is necessary to “Hit”, “Punch” or “Push”… “the right buttons”, in the correct order in order to achieve the desired state… Therefore, to say that something “hits”/”punches”/”pushes”… “all the right buttons” means that the thing one is describing is exactly what is needed for a particular situation. – (See Also: “(something) Ticks All The Boxes“)
- (to) Raise A Few Eyebrows – This is an Idiomatic Adjectival Phrase which is used to describe the result of the actions or words of another when met with dis-approval. This phrase comes from the expression on some peoples’ faces when they see or hear something that they think is questionable or just plain weird…
- (to be) Ripped Off – This is an Idiomatic and Prepositional Adjectival Phrase which can mean that one of two things:
1. One was robbed; stolen from. This is a general slang term for being robbed but is usually pertaining to someone breaking in to some place to steal something secretly.
2. that one was cheated (usually by some sort of scam) or by a dishonest salesperson.
“Someone broke in to my house and ripped me off!!! I had $1000 hidden in my bedroom and now it’s gone!”
“I purchased a computer on E-Bay and was completely ripped off!!! It said that it hadn’t been used and it clearly has.”
- (to be) Run Down – This is an Idiomatic and Prepositional Adjectival Phrase which means that something is in really bad condition due to a neglect of maintenance and is now in serious need of repair…
“Due to the horrible economy and the incredibly selfish decisions of the politicians, nearly all of Detroit is completely run down and looks like a war-zone.”
- (to be) Straight Off The Rack – This Prepositional Adjectival Phrase can be either Literal or Idiomatic and is used to say that the article of clothing looks so nice and new that it seems that it just came “off the rack” at the store and that it is the first time that it is being worn. Idiomatically, it is used to describe anything which someone wants to describe as being “new”.
- The Elephant In The Room – This is an Idiomatic Metaphorical Prepositional Phrasal-Noun which is used to refer to some point or some “thing” which should be plainly obvious, is almost always a problem, or absolutely should be addressed, but everyone seems to ignore and will pretend it’s not there – even to the point that they will actually develop a blindness and defense to it, so that pointing “it” out to them, will cause them to become defensive and even confrontational if one does point it out…
“It is amazing to me that almost no one seems to recognize or acknowledge that a gerund is NOT a verb-form, but is actually a phrase which is in reference to an action but is used as a subject with-in a sentence – and therefore acts as a noun. This is a perfect example of an elephant in the room, because even when pointing is out to other teachers, they will just say, ‘Well, that is what the text-book says, so that’s what we teach.’… Idiots!”
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