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Available to be used by someone or something, in exchange for a certain fee. Hi, I see you've got a room for rent. May I fill out an application? That place has plenty of storage lockers for rent, should we need one.
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live in (one's) head rent-free

slang Of a person, to be a source of antipathy or exasperation to one, to the extent of becoming a frequent or continual subject of one's agitated thoughts. The term indicates that such a person is able to negatively impact one without any repercussions (with the implication that one should not allow such a person to have such an effect on them). Don't let your opponent live in your head rent-free, man. Shake it off! My mom has been living in my head rent-free for years—that's why I would deny my own wants and needs and instead do things that I thought would make her happy.
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live rent-free in (one's) head

slang Of a person, to be a source of antipathy or exasperation to one to the extent of becoming a frequent or continual subject of one's agitated thoughts. The term indicates that such a person is able to negatively impact one without any repercussions (with the implication that one should not allow such a person to have such an effect on them). Don't let your opponent live rent-free in your head, man. Shake it off! My mom has been living rent-free in my head for years—that's why I would deny my own wants and needs and instead do things that I thought would make her happy.
See also: head, live

low-rent

1. Literally, not costing much to rent. Typically used before a noun. There is a serious shortage of low-rent accommodation in the city, which has led to a homelessness crisis unlike anything we've seen before. The university is converting some of its derelict properties into low-rent offices and studio apartments.
2. Very cheap or inferior in quality. You can tell these toys are just low-rent knockoffs of the original. The studio became infamous for pumping out low-rent horror films several times a year.
3. Having low moral and social standards. He planned the whole operation, then hired a couple low-rent goons to do the dirty work for him. What does some low-rent junkie like you know about an honest day's work?

rend (something) in (something)

To rip, tear, or split something apart into smaller pieces. ("Rend" conjugates to either "rent" or, less commonly, "rended" in the past tense and past participle.) He rent the contract in pieces when he realized that he'd be losing out on nearly 30% of the profits. The huge barbarian threatened to rend his opponent in twain.
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rend (something) into (something)

To rip, tear, or split something apart into smaller pieces. ("Rend" conjugates to either "rent" or, less commonly, "rended" in the past tense and past participle.) He rent the contract into shreds when he realized that he'd be losing out on nearly 30% of the profits. I took the loaf of bread and rended it into pieces to share amongst the other starving children.
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rend (something) to (something)

To rip, tear, or split something apart into smaller pieces. ("Rend" conjugates to either "rent" or, less commonly, "rended" in the past tense and past participle.) He rent the contract to shreds when he realized that he'd be losing out on nearly 30% of the profits. I took the loaf of bread and rended it to pieces to share amongst the other starving children.
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rend from (someone or something)

To rip or tear something away from or off of someone or something in a violent, forceful manner. ("Rend" conjugates to either "rent" or, less commonly, "rended" in the past tense and past participle.) Doctors had to rend the clothes from the victim before the chemicals could cause any further damage. I nearly rent the hair from my head in anger. She rended the incriminating pages from the notebook and threw them in the fire.
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render (something) in (something)

1. To represent, depict, or portray in some visual or verbal form. You input all your information into the app, and it renders your daily activity in an easy-to-understand graph. The author has the uncanny ability of rendering the most intimate, intangible experiences in stark and haunting prose.
2. To translate or express something in a different language. It's very difficult to render this in English, as it will inevitably lack some of the nuance found in the original German text. My job is to render the product's user manual in Japanese. The word is rendered in English as "dread."
3. To display converted digital information as a visual image or video using a particular software or program or within some place therein. A noun or pronoun can be used between "render" and "down." The program renders your picture in a preview box at the top of the screen so you have an idea of how your work will look. You'll have to render the raw files in a graphics processor and then save it as an MPEG or MP4.
4. To convert digital information on a computer into a particular media format. A noun or pronoun can be used between "render" and "down." I'm trying to render the various audio tracks in an MP3 file. I need to export the data and render it in a PDF.
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render (something) into (something)

1. To represent, depict, or portray in some visual or verbal form. You input all your information into the app, and it renders your daily activity into an easy-to-understand graph. The author has the uncanny ability of rendering the most intimate, intangible experiences into stark and haunting prose.
2. To translate or express something in a different language. It's very difficult to render this into English, as it will inevitably lack some of the nuance found in the original German text. My job is to render the product's user manual into Japanese. The word is rendered into English as "dread."
3. To convert digital information on a computer into a particular media format. A noun or pronoun can be used between "render" and "down." I'm trying to render the various audio tracks into an MP3 file. I need to export the data and render it into a PDF.
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render down

1. To liquefy and purify the fatty tissue of something by applying heat to it. A noun or pronoun can be used between "render" and "down." You'll want to render the duck fat down so that it can be used for cooking later. You'll want to cook the meat on a low temperature for several hours so that you can render down the fat without burning it. After you finish carving the roast chicken, you should put the carcass in some simmering water to render it down.
2. To discuss, think about, or deal with something at its most essential or basic elements. A noun or pronoun can be used between "render" and "down." It's a complicated issue, to be sure, but it can really be rendered down to a single question—are you in favor of higher taxes or not? These big decisions can be really overwhelming, so I always try to render them down in more concrete, objective terms.
3. To convert one or more source files on a computer to a different media format. A noun or pronoun can be used between "render" and "down." Every time I render the different audio tracks down to a single WAV, they become shifted slightly out of sync. I filmed the raw footage at 60 frames per second, but it always renders down to 24 frames per second. What am I doing wrong?
See also: down, render

rent boy

A boy or young man who is a prostitute. Primarily heard in UK. The young man was taken from his parents and forced to work overseas as a rent boy.
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rent from (one)

1. To occupy the property of another person or company in return for an amount of money, typically fixed by contract and paid in regular intervals. I'm so tired of renting from greedy landlords and realtors. I've got a family renting from me while I work in Japan for the next year.
2. To obtain the use something that belongs to another person or company in return for an amount of money. We're going to rent bikes from the shop next to our hostel and take them around the city tomorrow. A local artist is renting some studio space from me at the moment.
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rent out

To agree to allow someone to use something or occupy some place temporarily for payment or a series of payments. A noun or pronoun can be used between "rent" and "out." After business started declining, we began renting out our warehouses to help supplement our revenue stream. We also offer to rent the equipment out on daily, monthly, or yearly rates.
See also: out, rent

room for rent

A room within a house or other building that one rents separately from the rest. I heard there's a room for rent in Anna's building. We're putting up our spare room for rent to make a little extra cash on the side.
See also: rent, room
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

render something down

 
1. Lit. to cook the fat out of something. Polly rendered the chicken fat down to a bit of golden grease that she would use in cooking a special dish. Jane rendered down the fat for use later. The cook rendered it down.
2. Fig. to reduce or simplify something to its essentials. Let's render this problem down to the considerations that are important to us. Can't we render down this matter into its essentials? Not all of this is important. Let's render it down.
See also: down, render

rent something from someone

to pay someone for the use of something. We rented a small car from one of the rental agencies. They rented a house from a local realtor.
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rent something (out) (to someone)

to sell temporary rights for the use of something to someone. I rented the back room out to a nice young student. We rented the back room to someone. For how long did you rent it out? Let's rent out the garage.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

rent out

v.
To grant temporary occupancy or use of some property or some service to someone in exchange for regular payments: I rented out the extra room over the garage to a college student. My parents rented our cabin out to one of my cousins.
See also: out, rent
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs. Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

low rent

1. n. a low person; someone without grace or spirit. (Also a rude term of address.) Look, low rent, where is what you owe me?
2. mod. cheap; unfashionable. This place is strictly low rent.
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room for rent

n. a person who acts very stupid. (Also a term of address. This implies that one’s head is so empty of brains that the space could be rented out.) My brother is a room for rent if I ever saw one. What a dope!
See also: rent, room
McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.

for rent

Available for use or service in return for payment.
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American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

rent-a-cop

A hired security guard. Usually uniformed but, unlike genuine police officers, unarmed, they are used to monitor malls, concerts, and schools. The term dates from the 1900s. Thus, “I don’t know what good it will do but inner-city high schools always use rent-a-cops.”
The Dictionary of Clichés by Christine Ammer Copyright © 2013 by Christine Ammer
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For some the decision to become landlords was precipitated by a family or financial crisis and renting helped tide the family over.
Renting out one's land was often resorted to by families who had purchased property but owing to heavy mortgages and other debts ran into serious financial difficulty.
Meanwhile her sister-in-law, who was widowed and left with four boys between the ages of five and twelve, thought that renting out her farm was a good idea until her sons reached the age when they could farm the place productively.(39) When Alexander Leask of Reach Township died in 1872, leaving his wife of 42 years of age with six children and 650 acres to tend, Mrs Leask found tenants for the various farms and held the whole estate together for ten years until her son James inherited it.(40)
Renting out one's farm was a sensible way of bridging time until the owner or their heirs wanted to farm the property themselves.
Renting out one's farm was also a very important way to finance retirement.
Thirty-two percent of the tenants in Cramahe in 1842 became owners of property there within their own lifetime.(47) Fully 61% of these purchased the property they had been renting and, thus, were able to keep the farm they had built and improved within the family.
Indeed the family found it possible to operate as an initiator and stabilizer of careers in agriculture and was able to use renting in all its forms to achieve those ends.
The next generation of Coxes continued the tradition of renting. The three Cox families to appear in the Assessment of 1869 were all tenant farmers.
Tenant families were able to use renting and especially leasing not just as a step on the agricultural ladder but as an effective means for meeting their family goals of maintaining a career on the land, weathering family and financial crises, and supporting the needs of the old and new generations.
Farmers used a variety of pre-death transfers of land to accomplish these ends, some of which concerned renting.
Father-son succession generally occurred in several stages rather than a rapid transfer of authority, and in the process, renting played an important role.
Renting one's farm to a son with the promise or expectation of eventually handing over ownership was one method employed by landowners to satisfy the needs of both generations.
I tell owners that renting an apartment is like lending your car to a total stranger.