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

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

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

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

Run Into a Brick Wall

Also: Run into a stone wall Hit a brick wall Meaning of Idiom ‘Run Into a Brick Wall’ To run into a brick wall means to encounter a barrier to progress that cannot be surmounted; to be stopped in one’s efforts by something. 1Ammer, Christine. American Heritage Dictionary of Idioms. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013. … Read more

Run Against

Also: Run up against Meaning of Idiom ‘Run Against’ 1. Similar to run into (second definition). To encounter something, usually a difficulty. Often expressed as “run up against.” 2. To work against; to oppose. 3. To oppose as a candidate for elective office. 1Ammer, Christine. American Heritage Dictionary of Idioms. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013. … Read more

Run Into

The idiom run into is a difficult one because it has at least six different meanings. It is also used as part of other idioms such as run into a brick wall and run into the ground. Meaning Of Idiom ‘Run Into’ 1. To meet someone or find them unexpectedly, by chance. I.E. to run … Read more

Rude Awakening

Meaning of Idiom ‘Rude Awakening’ A rude awaking is the sudden awareness of something unpleasant after having mistakenly believed that everything was fine. 1Ayto, John. Oxford Dictionary of English Idioms. Oxford: Oxford U, 2010. Usage The idiom rude awakening is often combined with to be in for, as in “You are in for a rude awakening.” … Read more