Idioms beginning with C

crack the whip

Meaning: make someone work harder by asserting power or authority

Example: We'd better get some work done, or he'll crack the whip when he gets back from his tea break. Read on

cross the line

Meaning: behave in a way that is not acceptable

Example: This newspaper has crossed the line. This article is so offensive to so many people. Read on

come to think of/about it

Meaning: something that has just occurred to us as we speak

Example: Come to think of it, add potatoes and carrots to the list. Read on

call on

Meaning: use courage, reserve, nerve or strength to achieve something

Example: He had to call on all his strength to get to the finals. Read on

call of duty

Meaning: something you must do or feel compelled to do

Example: Both of my grandfathers felt it was their call of duty to enlist immediately for active service when the war broke out. Read on

cold sweat

Meaning: the condition where extreme fear or nervousness causes a person to feel a chill along with moist skin or sweat

Example: I woke up from a nightmare, breathing heavy and in cold sweat. Read on

come out

Meaning: to reveal something (often unintentionally)

Example: I didn't mean to tell him about your job interview, it just came out. Read on

crack up

Meaning: go through an emotional breakdown

Example: The entire group cracked up at the joke of their teacher. Read on

chill pill

Meaning: something that has a relaxing outcome

Example: Can someone please tell Matthew to take a chill pill? We will be on time for the party. Read on

catch up

Meaning: to get to the same level, standard, or status as something or someone

Example: Singapore is trying so hard to catch up with Japan when it comes to technological advancements. Read on

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carte blanche

Meaning: to have complete authority

Example: The guy has carte blanche over who works and who does not in this company. Read on

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