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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.
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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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gt;>--etude sur la syntaxe des noms de rues en francais contemporain.
Il existe cependant un phenomene qui intrique beaucoup les professeurs de francais langue etrangere: dans un contexte analogue a (1), ou il s'agit d'une demande de destination, si l'objet de la reponse correspond a un nom faisant partie de la liste de noms de rue (avenue d'Italie, boulevard Raspail, place Vendome, rue de Rennes, etc.
Je vais (avenue d'Italie + boulevard Raspail + place Vendome + rue de Rennes).
Le premier des cinq chapitres presente les debuts de la rue jusdua la fin du [XIX.
La rue attire ainsi des entreprises du Vieux-Montreal (p.
Chaque chapitre inscrit les transformations vecues par la rue Sainte-Catherine dans un contexte social, economique, culturel et geographique plus large.
Dans le recensement de ces 294 enfants de rue, des criteres ont ete respectes.
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.
Plus explicitement, on entend par enfant en situation de rue [beaucoup moins que]tout enfant age de moins de 18 ans, ayant passe au moins un mois dans la rue au moment de l'enquete, qui vit dans la rue et pour qui cette derniere represente l'espace essentiel de ses activites[beaucoup plus grand que].
Le preambule du livre, tres original, offre une entree personnalisee dans une vingtaine de rues de Rome (analyse spatiale avec photographies a l'appui), mais peut nous laisser croire a un ouvrage oriente sur la forme urbaine des rues au sens des ecrits de Camillo Sitte ou de Rob Krier.
La rue a Rome, miroir de la ville : Entre l'emotion et la norme.
Se definissant a la fois par un vocabulaire urbain et rural, la rue revele la complexite de son etre, un objet parfois essentiel, parfois un simple residu.
It is no surprise then, that voice, rhythm and the free flow of blackened English take center stage in Clarke's debut novel George and Rue.
In many ways, George and Rue can serve as a companion piece to Clarke's Execution Poems (Gaspereau Press, 2001), which first brought the Hamilton brothers to life and won him the Governor General's Poetry Award in 2001.
Aligned on an east-west axis, the station is bounded by rue Saint-Lazare, rue du Havre, rue Mogador and Boulevard Haussmann.