a play on words
a humorous use of a word to suggest a different meaning
Newspaper headlines often use a play on words to give a different meaning to a sentence.

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  • a race against time
  • a rain check
  • a raw deal
  • a regular guy
  • a ripple of excitement
  • a ripple of protest
  • a risk of rain/showers/thunderstorms
  • a road-hog
  • a rolling stone
  • a rough guess
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  • dog and pony show
  • carry the ball
  • putty in (someone's) hands
  • pour it on thick
  • upper hand
  • thread (one's way) through (something)
  • on probation
  • go after (someone)
  • lock horns with (someone)
  • shoot from the hip

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