roof

[ roof, roo f ]
/ ruf, rʊf /

noun, plural roofs.

verb (used with object)

to provide or cover with a roof.

Idioms

    go through the roof,
    1. to increase beyond all expectations: Foreign travel may very well go through the roof next year.
    2. Also hit the roof,Informal. to lose one's temper; become extremely angry.
    raise the roof, Informal.
    1. to create a loud noise: The applause raised the roof.
    2. to complain or protest noisily: He'll raise the roof when he sees that bill.

Origin of roof

before 900; Middle English (noun); Old English hrōf; cognate with Dutch roef cover, cabin, Old Norse hrōf

Related forms

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British Dictionary definitions for go through the roof

roof

/ (ruːf) /

noun plural roofs (ruːfs, ruːvz)

verb

(tr) to provide or cover with a roof or rooflike part

Derived Forms

roofer, nounroofless, adjectiverooflike, adjective

Word Origin for roof

Old English hrōf; related to Middle Dutch, Old Norse hrōf
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Medicine definitions for go through the roof

roof

[ rōōf, ruf ]

n.

The upper surface of an anatomical structure, especially one having a vaulted inner structure.
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Idioms and Phrases with go through the roof (1 of 2)

go through the roof


1

Also, hit the ceiling or roof. Lose one's temper, become very angry, as in Marge went through the roof when she heard she'd been fired. [Colloquial; first half of 1900s]

2

Reach new or unexpected heights, as in After the war, food prices went through the roof. [Colloquial; first half of 1900s]

Idioms and Phrases with go through the roof (2 of 2)

roof


In addition to the idiom beginning with roof

  • roof over one's head, a

also see:

  • go through the roof
  • hit the ceiling (roof)
  • like a cat on hot bricks (a hot tin roof)
  • raise the roof
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