– Prepositional Phrasal Adjectives – 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 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) Rollin’ In It – Though this does look like a verb phrase, it is in fact an idiomatic adjectival phrase to describe someone who is very very rich; wealthy; or simply has a lot of money at the moment (as “rich”, “wealthy”, and “a lot” are all relative terms.) This phrase comes from the idea that if a person who previously did not have a lot of money and then suddenly has a “shit-load” of it (that means A LOT!) Then that person may want to literally “roll” in it. This idea is often popularized in movies and TV with scenes like these. So to say that someone is *rollin’ in it* means that they got a freakin’ lot of money. – (Also Note: the apostrophe in place of the final “g” in “rolling” is because the only people who would use this phrase are those who use a lot of slang and do not care about “proper” English.)
- (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 is a phrase 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.
- (to be) Up For Renewal – This is an adjectival phrase which is used to describe things which are subscribe to, or last for a specific period of time and must be “renewed” (literally made “new again”.) such as: my visa, my web-hosting, my wedding vow [kidding]. This phrase is used when the time for renewal is coming in the very near future. The use of the preposition “Up” probably comes from the statement “you’re up!“ – to mean that it is a person’s turn to do something… “The web-hosting for GiveMeSomeEnglish!!! is *up for renewal* so I have to remember to send them some money so that you all can keep learning some freakin’ awesome English!!!” 😀