(redirected from rants)
Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Acronyms.

rant about (something)

To speak angrily, forcefully, and at great length about something. I hate going to my friend's house because his husband always rants about politics at me. I stopped paying attention as soon as he started ranting about being more fiscally responsible.
See also: rant

rant against (someone or something)

To complain angrily, forcefully, and at great length about someone or something. You should spend less time ranting against your professor and spend more time studying the material. I stop paying attention whenever he starts ranting against the government.
See also: rant

rant and rave

To complain angrily, forcefully, and at great length (about someone or something). You should spend less time ranting and raving about how unfair your professor is and spend more time actually studying the material. He was quite upset when he came home, so I let him rant and rave for a little while until he calmed down.
See also: and, rant, rave

rant at (someone or something)

To express in writing or speech a prolonged series of violently angry and resentful complaints or criticisms at or to someone or something, especially when they are or are believed to be responsible. Sarah keeps ranting at me about the state of the apartment, but I told her that I always clean up after myself. I work in IT, so I've always got people from all over the company ranting at me about some technical issue or another. Ranting at the sky will do nothing to solve your problems.
See also: rant
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

rant against someone or something

to rave and yell against someone or something. She spent most of the morning ranting against her mother-in-law. Leonard spent the entire morning ranting against the government.
See also: rant

rant and rave (about someone or something)

to shout angrily and wildly about someone or something. Barbara rants and raves when her children don't obey her. Bob rants and raves about anything that displeases him.
See also: and, rant, rave

rant (at someone) about someone or something

to talk in a loud, violent way, about someone or something. Anne ranted about the bad service she had received at the store. On the bus, someone was ranting at me about the end of the world.
See also: rant

rant at someone or something

to rave and yell at someone or something. Stop ranting at me! The boss would never rant at the office staff.
See also: rant
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

rant and rave

Talk loudly and vehemently, especially in anger, as in There you go again, ranting and raving about the neighbor's car in your driveway. This idiom is a redundancy, since rant and rave mean just about the same thing, but probably survives on account of its alliterative appeal.
See also: and, rant, rave
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

ˌrant and ˈrave

(disapproving) show that you are angry by shouting or complaining loudly for a long time: He stood there for about twenty minutes ranting and raving about the colour of the new paint.
See also: and, rant, rave
Farlex Partner Idioms Dictionary © Farlex 2017

rant and rave, to

To speak wildly and angrily about some circumstance or issue. This expression was first recorded as rave and rant, or literally, “raived and ranted,” in James MacManus’s The Bend of the Road (1898). The turnaround came soon thereafter and the term always appears in this form today. David Leavitt used it in Family Dancing (1984), “It’s easy for you to just stand there and rant and rave.”
See also: and, rant, to
The Dictionary of Clichés by Christine Ammer Copyright © 2013 by Christine Ammer
See also:
References in periodicals archive ?
Jeff Messing, President of MML Holdings LLC, which operates MedicalMalpracticeLawyers.com, commented in announcing MML Rants and Raves, "Many people are either intimidated by their health care providers or are too timid at the time of their treatment to ask questions about their care.
BROADCASTER Joan Bakewell is taking part in a Rebel Rant event organised by books festival Writing on the Wall.
Agora Publishing recently moved in that direction with its Internet Rant title.
Rants videotaped on the campuses are uploaded to the Web site, but Gen Yers not located on targeted campuses can submit their rants online.
This is a rant--a rant against all those "Olde Towne" and "Courtyards" communities.
Forget the rants, Mr Mellor and dwell on the past misdemeanours of the force in your day.
Blogging in PR, Marketing Communications and Advertising is less of a place to rant, and more of a format to uplift the profession and push the envelope.
Male rants, after all, are considered cultural; female rants, premenstrual.
 He later added, "Tomorrow, the headlines are going to be, 'Donald Trump rants and raves.'I'm not ranting and raving."
KATIE Price reminds me of a dog with a bone She is still so obsessed with the women who cruelly betrayed her by sleeping with her husband that she rants away on Twitter, using foul language - while constantly teasing her "fans" by revealing all the gory details to them.
How people feel after reading and writing rants and the effects of this behavior is explored in an article in Cyber psychology, Behavior, and Social Networking, a peer-reviewed journal from Mary Ann Liebert.
The pair will be appearing at the Adelphi on October 11 as part of Writing On The Wall's Rebel Rants series.
JOHN W Gray went off on one of his rants that displays an obsessive and blinding hatred of the Tories.
Speaking to the Daily Post before the show, Mr Tatchell said: "The series is called Rebel Rants and I am a bit of a rebel.
at least we'll have jobs at the end of it!" A BA spokeman said that after a probe into rants posted on the social network site in June "an employee has been dismissed for gross misconduct".