Idioms beginning with C

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come in handy

Meaning: to be useful or convenient, especially at some future time.

Example: The extra money will come in handy when we go on vacation. Read more ➺

cast pearls before swine

Meaning: to offer something valuable or precious to someone who is unable to appreciate its worth.

Example: Sharing his profound poetry with people who had no interest in literature felt like casting pearls before swine. Read more ➺

cash cow

Meaning: a consistently profitable business or product that requires minimal effort.

Example: Despite its age, the software continued to be a cash cow, generating immense revenue without any major updates. Read more ➺

chickens come home to roost

Meaning: everyone eventually faces the consequences of their actions.

Example: After years of exploiting others, his wealth vanished overnight, and the chickens came home to roost. Read more ➺

cat’s pajamas

Meaning: excellent or outstanding.

Example: Wow, your drawing of a dinosaur is the cat's pajamas. Read more ➺

fall between two stools

Meaning: to come between two alternatives, and so fail to fulfill either of them.

Example: This book cannot be an academic one, nor can it be a popular commercial one; it falls between two stools. Read more ➺

call the shots

Meaning: to be in charge of what is happening and what should happen.

Example: The security forces will call the shots all around during the political gatherings. Read more ➺

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 ➺

cut from the same cloth

Meaning: share similar qualities.

Example: The new partners were cut from the same cloth—they had innovative ideas and ambitions for growth. Read more ➺