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rue the day (that something happened)

To curse or bitterly regret a point in time (in which something happened or one did something). I swear to you now, you will rue the day you ever crossed me! Men, if their soldiers advance upon us, we must ensure that they will rue the day!
See also: rue, something

rue the day (that) (something) happened

To feel bitter regret or remorse that something has happened; to wish that something never came to pass. That no-good, lying cheat! I'll make sure he rues the day he crossed me, if it's the last thing I do! Your dad must be ruing the day he agreed to buy you a car if you got an A in all your classes.
See also: happen, rue

go to rack and ruin

To fall into severe or total decay, degradation, or ruination, as from disuse or lack of upkeep. ("Rack" here is a variant spelling of "wrack," a now-archaic word meaning wreckage or destruction.) It greatly pains me that my grandfather's estate has been left to go to rack and ruin. If only we'd been able to afford for someone to look after it for all these years. The neighbor's property has really gone to rack and ruin lately. I'm thinking about filing a complaint with the neighborhood association!
See also: and, rack, ruin

go to rack and ruin

 and go to wrack and ruin
to become ruined. (The words rack and wrack mean "wreckage" and are found only in this expression.) That lovely old house on the corner is going to go to rack and ruin. My lawn is going to wrack and ruin.
See also: and, rack, ruin

go to rack and ruin

If something goes to rack and ruin, it gets into a very bad state, because nobody looks after it or deals properly with it. This beautiful building was left to go to rack and ruin. The country is going to rack and ruin under this government. Note: You can also say that something falls into rack and ruin During these years, historical monuments were allowed to fall into rack and ruin. Note: The expression rack and ruin can also be used without these verbs. According to Michael, the whole country's heading for rack and ruin. Note: Less commonly, this expression is spelt wrack and ruin. A once magnificent country house has now fallen into wrack and ruin. Note: `Wrack' means the same as `wreck', something that has been destroyed.
See also: and, rack, ruin

go to rack and ruin

gradually deteriorate in condition because of neglect; fall into disrepair.
Rack is a variant spelling of the word wrack , meaning ‘destruction’, but it is the standard one in this expression, which has been in use since the late 16th century.
1998 Oldie The allotment below mine looks set to go to rack and ruin from its previous well-tended state.
See also: and, rack, ruin

go to ˌrack and ˈruin

get into bad condition because of lack of care: The house has gone to rack and ruin over the last few years.The country is going to rack and ruin under this government.
Rack in this idiom means ‘destruction’.
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De La Rue on its part argued that it will only consider the option if activist Mr Omtatah withdraws his case since he has made allegations that are similar to Crane AB's.
Crane which lost to De La Rue successfully argued before the board that a decision by CBK giving it a 15 per cent margin preference for having local shareholding was also unfair.
Rue having deliberately hanged herself is highly remote,' Coroner Bay confirmed.
Under the terms of the agreement, the government of Kenya will take a 40% interest in De La Rue's wholly owned subsidiary, De La Rue Kenya EPZ Ltd.
Our goal for David Rue Concrete, LLC, is to help the business stand apart from other concrete companies in the region, and thereby broaden its customer base.
Cette precedente etude avait apporte un premier eclairage sur la constitution des expressions du type rue X.
Most recently, De La Rue has been printing banknotes at the Bank's facility in Debden, Essex, under a contract the Bank awarded in 2003 and which is due to come to an end in April.
Le rappport propose, a titre d'exemple, de fixer les portails electroniques pour y empecher la circulation, cette rue etant devenue il y a quelques annees une rue pietonne, interdire aux vendeurs ambulants de s'y installer pour y appliquer un systeme securitaire draconienne avec la cooperation de la police touristique et des antiquites.
Traversez a ('intersection, et continuez a l'est sur l'Ottawa River Parkway, vers a rue Booth.
Ainsi, les chapitres deux, trois et quatre, axes sur les fonctions de commerce, d'affaires et de divertissement de la partie centrale de l'artere, considerent neanmoins les autres sections de la rue et la diversite de fonctions qu'elles apportent.
Cette redefinition a exclu du recensement les enfants ayant un toit qui les heberge [beaucoup moins que]les enfants qui frequentent la rue et dorment chez eux le soir ainsi que ceux qui se trouvaient dans des institutions d'insertion et de sauvegarde de l'enfance au moment de l'enquete n'ont pas ete consideres comme enfants en situation de rue[beaucoup plus grand que] conclut la Ministre.
Such an offer values De La Rue at GBP925m, Reuters said.
La Rue was invited on an unofficial visit by the Arabic Network for Human Rights Information and the Arabic Affairs Committee of the Egyptian Journalists' Syndicate to discuss freedom of expression and the freedom of internet.
A FRENCH takeover suitor stepped up pressure on British banknote printer De La Rue yesterday by calling for a clearer picture of the production problems which shook the company last year.
Oberthur had to go public with its offer to force De La Rue to inform its shareholders and market of the offer.