r Idioms

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Meaning 1
This is usually a gambling term. Opponents can roll dice to win a place on a board game, such as Monopoly or Parchessi, or to win chips and/or money in, for instance, a game of craps.
Sentence 1
I rolled the dice and came up with a lucky seven.
Meaning 2
to take a chance
Sentence 2
I rolled the dice when I moved to Hollywood hoping to get into the movies.
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Meaning 1
to support, to cheer for
Sentence 1
He roots for the Pittsburgh Pirates, because he is from Pittsburgh.
Meaning 2
to support
Sentence 2
We root for the government to cut taxes.
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Meaning 1
to row against the current or up the stream
Sentence 1
You need to row upstream a bit in order to catch fish.
Meaning 2
to be difficult, to be in a difficult position
Sentence 2
For the past year or two my marriage has been like rowing upstream.
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Meaning 1
To sail well, the crew and the ropes need to be taut and in good order. The captain of the ship controls this.
Sentence 1
The captain runs a tight ship. There have been no accidents.
Meaning 2
to be in control, to have good organizational skills
Sentence 2
It's good that the new executive will run a tight ship. No one knew what his job responsibilities were before.
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Meaning 1
to stop or block players of the opponent team so they cannot get to the carrier
Sentence 1
The guard ran interference for the quarterback and he made a first down.
Meaning 2
To get someone to do something for you so you can accomplish a goal.
Sentence 2
Get Jill in accounting to run interference for you by presenting the numbers.
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Meaning 1
to be second
Sentence 1
She was runner-up in the hurdles.
Meaning 2
to be second in any competition
Sentence 2
We were runner-up in that ad campaign. We will not get the contract, but we came close.
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Meaning 1
a boxer absorbs punches while waiting for an opportunity to strike back
Sentence 1
The boxer rolled with the punches hoping to find an opening against his opponent.
Meaning 2
getting one's bearing in a difficult situation; figuring out what to do after a few set backs
Sentence 2
"We can't wait any longer, John will have to roll with the punches; we have no one to teach him."