Definition of rant and rave in English:

rant and rave


  • Shout and complain angrily and at length.

    ‘stop ranting and raving for a minute and start being honest with yourself’
    • ‘I rant and rave at the screen, decrying the dumbing down of what used to be a medium for entertaining and educating.’
    • ‘He ranted and raved, and gave the same lines again and again.’
    • ‘‘Joe called our head offices himself and ranted and raved about it,’ says a top editor at one of the weeklies.’
    • ‘I began to rant and rave angrily, in a loud voice.’
    • ‘People seem to think he is not passionate enough, but it's just that he doesn't rant and rave.’
    • ‘‘You can't rant and rave; you can't scream and put people in shock, though I have worked with directors who do that and it's pretty scary,’ Garry says.’
    • ‘Are you tired of hearing students rant and rave about how their tuition fees are too high?’
    • ‘Only this afternoon did I rant and rave about these designs.’
    • ‘So when I used to rant and rave about it, it was because I did not have first hand knowledge.’
    • ‘I could rant and rave about it but that wouldn't make a difference.’
    hold forth, go on and on, deliver a tirade, rant and rave, fulminate, sound off, spout, pontificate, trumpet, bluster, declaim
    shout, yell, roar, bellow
    mouth off
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