Raise the roof – English Idiom – Online English Lessons

To raise the roof is to make a loud noise, especially by cheering, whistling or clapping at a concert or show.

This idiom conveys an image of a building’s roof going up in the air because of the force of a tremendous noise underneath it.

Examples of use:

1. The fans raised the roof with their applause.

2. I think tonight’s show will be a huge success. The audience will raise the roof, I’m sure.

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