Idioms Beginning With: 'C'
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- Collect dust
- If something is collecting dust, it isn't being used any more.
- Color bar
- Rules that restrict access on the basis of race or ethnicity are a color bar.
- Come a cropper
- (UK) Someone whose actions or lifestyle will inevitably result in trouble is going to come a cropper.
- Come clean
- If someone comes clean about something, they admit to deceit or wrongdoing.
- Come hell or high water
- If someone says they'll do something come hell or high water, they mean that nothing will stop them, no matter what happens.
- Come of age
- When something comes of age it develops completely and reaches maturity. When someone comes of age, they reach adulthood or fulfill their potential.
- Come on hard
- If you come on hard, you are aggressive in your dealing with someone.
- Come on the heels of
- If something comes on the heels of something, it follows very soon after it.
- Come out in the wash
- If something will come out in the wash, it won't have any permanent negative effect.
- Come out of the woodwork
- When things come out of the woodwork, they appear unexpectedly. ('Crawl out of the woodwork' is also used.)
- Come out of your shell
- If someone comes out of their shell, they stop being shy and withdrawn and become more friendly and sociable.
- Come rain or shine
- If I say I'll be at a place come rain or shine, I mean that I can be relied on to turn up; nothing, not even the vagaries of British weather, will deter me or stop me from being there.
- Come to a head
- If events reach a crisis point, they come to a head.
- Come to a pretty pass
- If something has come to a pretty pass, then it is in a difficult, unfavourable or negative situation.
- Come to bear
- If something comes to bear on you, you start to feel the pressure or effect of it.
- Come to call
- If someone comes to call, they respond to an order or summons directly.
- Come to grips
- If you come to grips with a problem or issue, you face up to it and deal with it.
- Come to heel
- If someone comes to heel, they stop behaving in a way that is annoying to someone in authority and start being obedient.
- Come up roses
- If things come up roses, they produce a positive result, especially when things seemed to be going badly at first.
- Come up smelling of roses
- (UK) If someone comes up smelling of roses, they emerge from a situation with their reputation undamaged.
- Come up trumps
- When someone is said to have 'come up trumps', they have completed an activity successfully or produced a good result, especially when they were not expected to.
- Come what may
- If you're prepared to do something come what may, it means that nothing will stop or distract you, no matter how hard or difficult it becomes.
- Come with the territory
- If something comes with the territory, it is part of a job or responsibility and just has to be accepted, even if unpleasant.
- Comes with the territory
- If something comes with the territory, especially when undesirable, it is automatically included with something else, like a job, responsibility, etc.('Goes with the territory' is also used.)
- Comfort zone
- It is the temperature range in which the body doesn't shiver or sweat, but has an idiomatic sense of a place where people feel comfortable, where they can avoid the worries of the world. It can be physical or mental.
- Confirmed bachelor
- A confirmed bachelor is a man who shows little or no interest in women. It can be used to suggest that they're gay.
- Connect the dots
- When you connect the dots, you understand the connections and relationships.
- Constitution of an ox
- If someone has the constitution of an ox, they are less affected than most people by things like tiredness, illness, alcohol, etc.
- Cook someone's goose
- If you cook someone's goose, you ruin their plans.
- Cook the books
- If people cook the books, they keep false accounts to make money illegally or avoid paying tax.
- Cooking with gas
- (USA) If you're cooking with gas, you're working very efficiently.
- Cool as a cat
- To act fine when you a actually scared or nervous
- Cool your heels
- If you leave someone to cool their heels, you make them wait until they have calmed down.
- Cool your Jets
- (USA) If someone is angry or unsettled, telling them to cool their jets means they should calm down.
- Coon's age
- (USA) A very long time, as in 'I haven't seen her in a coon's age!'
- Cop a plea
- If you cop a plea, you plead guilty and take a lower sentence in exchange for leniency in criminal courts.
- Corner a market
- If a business is dominant in an area and unlikely to be challenged by other companies, it has cornered the market.
- Couch potato
- A couch potato is an extremely idle or lazy person who chooses to spend most of their leisure time horizontal in front of the TV and eats a diet that is mainly junk food.
- Could eat a horse
- If you are very hungry, you could eat a horse.
- Couldn't give two hoots
- If you couldn't give two hoots about something, you don't care at all about it.
- Couldn't hit a cows arse with a banjo
- (Irish) If someone is particularly innacurate, especially in sports like football, they couldn't hit a cow's arse with a banjo.(A banjo here is a type of spade, not the musical instrument.)
- Count sheep
- If people cannot sleep, they are advised to count sheep mentally.
- Count your blessings
- When people count their blessings, they concentrate on all the good things in their lives instead of the negative ones.
- Country mile
- (USA) A country mile is used to describe a long distance.
- Cover all the bases
- If you cover all the bases, you deal with all aspects of a situation or issue, or anticipate all possibilities.
('Cover all bases' is also used.)
- Crack a nut with a sledgehammer
- If you use a sledgehammer to crack a nut, you apply too much force to achieve a result.
('Jackhammer' is also used.)
- Crack of dawn
- The crack of dawn is very early in the morning.
- Crash a party
- If you crash a party, or are a gatecrasher, you go somewhere you haven't been invited to.
- Cream of the crop
- The cream of the crop is the best there is.
- Cream rises to the top
- A good person or idea cannot go unnoticed for long, just as cream poured in coffee or tea eventually rises to the top.
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