Phrasal-Verbs – Letter R

–  Phrasal-Verbs & Verb Phrases – Letter R  –


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  • (to) Raise A Few Eyebrows – Though, grammatically, this is in fact, a verb phrase, it is actually used adjectivally to describe the result of the actions, words, or state of being of another person, thing, etc. when met with disapproval.  So this phrase falls somewhere in the “grey area” between idiomatic verb phrase and adjectival phrase.  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) Raise A Question – This is an Idiomatic Phrasal-Verb which is very similar to the Idiomatic Phrasal-Verb, “To Pose A Question”.  Interestingly enough.  Neither of those Phrasal Verbs is actually very much like the non-Idiomatic Verb Phrase, “To Ask A Question” – but this is only because the person “Raising” (or “Posing”) the question, is doing-so to make a point which either has not yet been discussed or thought of, or has been previously dismissed and/or ignored.  Therefore – even though the statement is in the form of a question – it is done-so as a way of making a point, rather than actually requesting an answer.

“Everything that has been said so-far is all very important in-deed, but I would like to raise a very important question…  Why is it that Hillary Clinton has not yet been arrested and thrown in prison to rot in a cell for the rest of her life?” – (Note also: that this Phrasal-Verb is separable)


  • (to) Reach An Agreement – This is an idiomatic verb phrase which means to agree with someone or a group of people on something (usually business oriented) which was not easy to do.  We use the verb “reach” to get to the top of a mountain.  So to “reach” an agreement is to finally agree on something that was as difficult as climbing a mountain or at least feels as good as when one finally “reaches” the top of a mountain…  “After three weeks of arguments, the two mothers finally *reached and agreement* about whether they should have chicken or beef as the main entree at their children’s wedding.”

  • (to) Recharge (one’s) Batteries – Used figuratively, this phrasal verb means:  To do something (relaxing, going to a spa, exercising, going on a vacation) to get one’s energy back…  “The last few months have been really difficult!  I need to go for a vacation and *recharge my batteries*.”

  • (to be) Ripped Off – This is an idiomatic phrasal verb which can mean that:  One was either robbed.  This is a general slang term for being robbed but is usually pertaining to someone breaking in to some place to steal something secretly.  Or, it can mean that one was cheated (usually by some sort of scam) or 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) Rock (one’s) World – This is a phrasal verb which is used to describe something that is so awesome and amazing that it fills you with the kind of excitement you might get from seeing your absolute favorite band playing in concert (or something better.)  This phrase comes to us from the world of music…  “I just saw the best movie EVER last night!  The special effects TOTALLY *rocked my world*!!!”

  • (to) Ruffle Some Feathers – This is an idiomatic verb phrase which is used to mean:  “To make someone or some people very uncomfortable and upset.”  To Ruffle:  is a slang term which is synonymous with the phrasal verb “to mess (something) up”.  So if one were to imagine going up to a bird and ruffling it’s feathers, then it should not be difficult to imagine that that bird would probably not be very happy.

  • (to) Run A Fever/Temperature – This is an idiomatic phrasal verb that can be used with either noun (“fever” or “temperature”) and they mean almost the same thing.  The only difference is that a “fever” is more severe, and a “temperature” just means that one’s internal temperature is higher than normal and can be the indication of sickness or the pre-cursor to an illness.  The difference between this and the adjectival phrase “To Have A Temperature” is that the focus here is on the fact that the person has been in this state for some period of time and the condition seems to be continuing…  “He’s been *running a fever* for the last few days, but he seems to be getting better.”  /  “He doesn’t seem to be ill, but he has been *running a temperature* for almost a week.”

  • (to) Rush (someone) – This is a phrasal verb that we use to describe the act of making someone do something very quickly.  Usually in a way that is uncomfortable and causes the person to not do as good of a job at whatever he or she is doing…  “I wish my boss would quit *rushing* me.  It doesn’t accomplish anything except making me stressed and making the quality of my work suffer.”

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