Phrasal-Adjectives – Letter R

–  Adjectival Phrases – Letter R  –


(to) Hit/Punch/Push All The Right Buttons – See:  Phrasal Adjectives – Letter “H”, for “Hit”  -Or-  Phrasal Adjectives – Letter “P”, for “Punch & Push”

(to be) Middle-Of-The-Road – This an idiomatic phrasal adjective to describe something which is directly in-between two extremes…  “Whereas some people vote republican and others vote democrat, I’m more of a *middle-of-the-road kind of person…  I don’t vote at all, because I know that all the candidates are the same.”

  • (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…

“Although many people laughed at the best man’s speech, a lot of the older guests did not appreciate his language or the inside jokes and his comments about the bride raised a few eyebrows.”

(to be) Running Late – This is an idiomatic verb phrase which is used adjectivally to describe the condition of when a person, for whatever reason, is late – usually for arriving late or for some kind of appointment.  This is usually used when a person is not yet late, but knows that he or she will be, and so they call whoever they need to to say something like, “I’m *running* (a bit) *late* but will there as soon as I can.” – The verb “running” is used because this phrase is used when the person has not yet arrived, and therefore the situation is not “finished”  –  (Notice also that the phrase is separable.)


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