Idioms beginning with C

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charley horse

Meaning: a cramp or stiffness in the leg or arm.

Example: We had to stop midway and call for help because of a charley horse in my foot. Read more ➺


Meaning: one who imitates or copies another's actions, appearance, or ideas.

Example: The startup accused the competitor of being a copycat, claiming they stole their business model and product ideas. Read more ➺

code of conduct

Meaning: set rules and regulations governing a group of people.

Example: The code of conduct of that organization requires people to pass through the security office before entering. Read more ➺

crash course

Meaning: a course in which lots of information is taught in a short period of time.

Example: We took a crash course in Spanish last summer to prepare for our trip to Spain. Read more ➺

cry over spilt milk

Meaning: to cry about past events that cannot be undone.

Example: While it's sad that the results have not been as good as you expected, you should now focus on moving ahead and achieving better results next time; there is no use crying over spilt milk. Read more ➺

clear the decks

Meaning: to deal with any obstacles that could get in the way of a plan of action or an event.

Example: We need to clear the decks and get our project done on time. Read more ➺

closed book

Meaning: something that one knows or understands nothing about.

Example: I love reading and learning. But physics is a closed book to me. Read more ➺

catch a cold

Meaning: experience challenges and difficulties.

Example: Brian tried the offshore education business, but he caught a cold after the first month and has still shown no signs of growth. Read more ➺

chicken hearted

Meaning: not brave.

Example: Daisy was too chicken-hearted in the meeting to speak up, even though she knew the board was making the wrong decision. Read more ➺

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