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be a roaring success
To be extremely or triumphantly successful. For having such a limited budget, their play turned out to be a roaring success. My business was a roaring success in the 1980s and '90s, but the advent of the Internet rendered my services obsolete.
do a roaring trade
To sell something very successfully. It's been so hot lately that we've done a roaring trade in selling cold drinks.
Particularly vigorous, exciting, exhilarating, or successful. Ziplining is a rip-roaring good time! The bake sale was a rip-roaring success.
roar at (someone or something)
1. To utter a loud, fierce, guttural cry at someone or some animal. The little boy came up and roared at me. He was pretending to be a lion, apparently. The bear roared at the mountain lion to scare it away from her cubs.
2. To issue forth a loud prolonged cry in celebration of something. The crowd roared at the news that their candidate had won the election. The group of fans roared at the mention of the famous artist's name.
3. To laugh uproariously at some humorous person or thing. The entire audience was roaring at the stand-up comic, but I just didn't think he was that funny. It makes me happy to hear my kids roar at the slapstick of The Three Stooges.
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1. To utter a loud, fierce, guttural cry in an unrestrained manner or for some prolonged period of time. The drunk stood on the corner roaring away, obviously incensed over something to which no one but himself was privy. We can always hear the lions roaring away whenever we walk past the zoo.
2. To depart at great speed while making a huge din. Typically said of a motor vehicle or someone riding within one. She called something out to me, but I couldn't quite make it out as the train roared away. The three burglars burst through the doors of the bank, their bags of money in tow, and roared away in a getaway car that was waiting for them in the alley.
To surge into a position of success after a period of time spent performing less favorably. The team, who fell to a 30–0 disadvantage in the first 20 minutes of play, roared back in the fourth quarter The company has been roaring back into a position of superiority this year, after seeing its share of the market dwindle over the last decade.
1. Of a motor vehicle or its driver, to leave very quickly while making lots of noise from the engine. Said either of the driver or the vehicle itself. She climbed aboard the motorcycle and roared off into the night. The car had roared off before I could make note of its license plate number.
2. To depart from or off of something in such a fashion. The astronauts hit the ignition switch, and the rocket ship roared off the launch pad. The F1 racers roared off the starting line.
3. To usher someone or some group off of some area, especially for a sporting event, with raucous cheering. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "roar" and "off." The stadium positively shook as 40,000 fans roared the home team off the field after their incredible victory.
To encourage or support someone or some group of people with raucous cheering. A noun or pronoun can be used between "roar" and "on." The stadium positively shook as 40,000 fans roared on the home team as they took to the field. We were nervous about playing in front of such a large audience, but the sound of our fans roaring us on filled us with confidence.
To call or shout something in a very loud, guttural, and prolonged cry. A noun or pronoun can be used between "roar" and "out." The crowd of protestors began roaring out demands for the political prisoner to be set free. The frustrated teacher roared the answer out with anger that the students all withdrew into stunned silence.
To be exceptionally drunk, boisterous, and loud. Do you remember last night at all? You were roaring drunk. We all got roaring drunk and went through the town singing and dancing.
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.
*drunk as a lordand *drunk as a skunk
very drunk. (*Also: as ~.) After his fifth cocktail, Michael was as drunk as a lord. Judy bought herself a case of beer and proceeded to get as drunk as a skunk.
to speed away, making a loud clamor. The car roared away into the night with tires screeching. The train roared away, carrying Andy to Canada.
roar something out
to bellow something out loudly. Walter roared his protest out so everyone knew how he felt. Jane roared out her criticism.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
drunk as a lord
Also, drunk as a fiddler or skunk ; falling-down or roaring drunk . Extremely intoxicated, as in He came home drunk as a lord. The three similes have survived numerous others. The first was considered proverbial by the mid-1600s and presumably alludes to the fact that noblemen drank more than commoners (because they could afford to). The fiddler alludes to the practice of plying musicians with alcohol (sometimes instead of pay), whereas skunk, dating from the early 1900s, was undoubtedly chosen for the rhyme. The most graphic variant alludes to someone too drunk to keep his or her balance, as in He couldn't make it up the stairs; be was falling-down drunk. And roaring drunk, alluding to being extremely noisy as well as intoxicated, was first recorded in 1697. Also see dead drunk.
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.
drunk as a lord (or skunk)extremely drunk.
do a roaring trade (or business)sell large amounts of something; do very good business. informal
Farlex Partner Idioms Dictionary © Farlex 2017
(as) drunk as a ˈlord(British English) (American English (as) drunk as a ˈskunk) (informal) very drunk: I eventually found them in a bar, both as drunk as skunks. OPPOSITE: (as) sober as a judge
do a roaring ˈtrade (in something)(informal) sell something very quickly or do a lot of business: Toy stores do a roaring trade at this time of year.
ˌroaring ˈdrunkextremely drunk and noisy: They came home roaring drunk again last night. OPPOSITE: stone-cold sober
a ˌroaring sucˈcess(informal) a very great success: The band was such a roaring success that they have been asked to stay for an extra week. ♢ His movies haven’t exactly been a roaring success, have they?
Farlex Partner Idioms Dictionary © Farlex 2017
To have great success after a period of weak performance; make a dramatic recovery: The tennis player lost the first set but roared back to win the match.
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.
drunk as a lord
Extremely drunk. Members of the nobility could afford to keep quantities of wine, beer, and liquor on hand, and as much out of envy as stating a fact, the common folk described anyone, titled or not, who had a load on by that phrase. In these more egalitarian times, “drunk as a skunk” and, less elegantly, “shit-faced drunk” have replaced “drunk as a lord.”
Endangered Phrases by Steven D. Price Copyright © 2011 by Steven D. Price