Idioms beginning with C

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

cut the crap

Meaning: a very crude way of telling someone to stop doing something that you do not like

Example: Please cut the crap and tell us what really happened at his birthday party. Read on

catnap

Meaning: a short sleep, usually during the day

Example: I had a very late night last night. I think that I will have a catnap during my lunch hour. Read on

cry me a river

Meaning: usually used sarcastically to someone who is constantly complaining

Example: "My baby wouldn't sleep last night, I am so tired." "Cry me a river, Joan. I haven’t had a good night's sleep in years." Read on

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in a bad way

Meaning: to say or mean something ill

Example: The teacher did not mean it in a bad way but the student felt insulted at being asked to explain anyway. Read on

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