cheer it to the rafters

It contained absolutely nothing new and was riddled with pre-conditions…Yet Congress cheered it to the rafters.

  • Why “to the rafters”? Could you bring more examples of that saying?


This would suggest that the cheering was very loud and went up to the rafters, which are the beams that support the roof of a building. There is another expression along these lines ‘raise the roof’, which is also used for loud cheering/singing.


So, Congress gave a big hand to the speech…
Thank you, Alan.