Run the Gamut

Meaning of Idiom ‘Run the Gamut’ To run the gamut means to extend over an entire range; to experience, display, or peform the complete rang of something; to included everything of a group or type. 1Ammer, Christine. American Heritage Dictionary of Idioms. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013.,2Ayto, John. Oxford Dictionary of English Idioms. Oxford: Oxford U, … Read more

Run the Gauntlet

Meaning of Idiom ‘Run the Gauntlet’ To run the gauntlet is to experience severe danger, criticism, difficulties, blame, abuse, etc. for a period of time; also, to have to move past a line of people trying to get your attention such as the press, admirers, fans, protestors, etc. 1Ammer, Christine. American Heritage Dictionary of Idioms. … Read more

Red Letter Day

Also spelled red-letter day. Meaning of Idiom ‘Red Letter Day’ A red letter day is a day that is special, happy, pleasant, etc.; a day that is remembered fondly; a pleasurable or significant special occassion. 1Ayto, John.  Oxford Dictionary of English Idioms]. Oxford: Oxford U, 2010.,2Jarvie, Gordon. Bloomsbury Dictionary of Idioms]. London: Bloomsbury, 2009.,3Ammer, Christine. American Heritage … Read more

Rebel Without a Cause, a

Meaning of Idiom ‘A Rebel without a Cause’ A rebel without a cause is a person who is extremely dissatisfied with the norms of society in general, including the government, but who doesn’t fight for any particular cause. 1Ayto, John. Oxford Dictionary of English Idioms. Oxford: Oxford U, 2010. Examples Of Use “He’s a rebel without a … Read more

Runs in the Family

Also: Runs in the blood Meaning of Idiom ‘Runs in the Family’ A characteristic or trait that runs in the family is one that is shared by many members of a family, being pass on from one generation to the next. 1McCarthy, Michael. Cambridge International Dictionary of Idioms. Cambridge University Press, 2002, 2Ammer, Christine. American Heritage Dictionary … Read more

Rub Someone’s Nose In It

Meaning Of Idiom ‘Rub Someone’s Nose In It (or something) To rub someone’s nose in something is to repeatedly remind them of something they have done wrong, some painful or embarrassing fact, or a personal fault. 1Pare, May. Body Idioms and More: For Learners of English. United States?: Mayuree Pare, 2005.,2Ayto, John. Oxford Dictionary of English Idioms. Oxford: … Read more

Ruffle Someone’s Feathers

Meaning of Idiom ‘Ruffle Someone’s Feathers’ To ruffle someone’s feathers means to upset, annoy, or anger them. 1Ammer, Christine. American Heritage Dictionary of Idioms. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013.,2Ayto, John. Oxford Dictionary of English Idioms. Oxford: Oxford U, 2010.,3Kirkpatrick, Elizabeth M. The Wordsworth Dictionary of Idioms. Ware: Wordsworth, 1995. Examples Of Use “Boy, that comment you made about deodorant … Read more

Ring a Bell

Also: Ring any bells Meaning of Idiom ‘Ring a Bell’ To ring a bell means to cause someone to remember something, although indistinctly or vaguely; to remind someone of something. 1Spears, Richard A. McGraw-Hill’s American Idioms Dictionary]. Boston: McGraw Hill, 2008. ,2Ammer, Christine. American Heritage Dictionary of Idioms. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013. If something, such … Read more

Run Its Course

Meaning Of Idiom ‘Run Its Course’ When something has run its course, it has reached an endpoint or a natural conclusion without outside interference or help. 1Chetwynd, Josh. The Field Guide to Sports Metaphors: A Compendium of Competitive Words and Idioms]. Berkeley: Ten Speed, 2016., 2Ammer, Christine. American Heritage Dictionary of Idioms. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, … Read more

Run Into the Ground

Meaning of Idiom ‘Run Into the Ground’ 1. To run something into the ground is to manage it so badly that it is ruined and fails; to ruin or destroy something, usually a business or organization. 2. To excessively and continually discuss a topic until it all aspects of it are thoroughly exhausted. 1Ammer, Christine. American … Read more