Most Important Idioms and Phrases Beginning with C

We hope that you liked our previous article based on Idioms & Phrases beginning with alphabet 'A' and Idioms & Phrases beginning with alphabet 'B' and today we are posting Idioms & Phrases beginning with alphabet 'C'.Here is a small exercise for you. Post sentences in the comments by using idioms & phrases you have learned from previous article and lets see who will make maximum sentences.This is the best best of learning and it is fun to learn together because vocabulary becomes boring when you read it alone.Please participate in this activity as it is going to benefit you a lot which you will realize in your exam.

List of Important Idioms and Phrases Beginning with C

1. Call a spade a spade
Meaning: Speak frankly and directly
Example: Well, I believe it's time to call a spade a spade.

2. Come through with flying colours
Meaning: Be highly successful
Example: The officer training was grueling, but he came through with flying colours.

3. Cock and bull story
Meaning: Made up story that one should not believe
Example: Don't give me that cock-and-bull story

4. Cross one’s t’s and dot
Meaning: Be precise, careful and one’s i’s exact
Example: The negotiations are nearly finished, but we still have to dot the i's and cross the t's.

5. Chew the cud
Meaning: Ponder over something
Example: He sat for a moment chewing the cud before he spoke.

6. Close But No Cigar

Meaning: Coming close to a successful outcome only to fall short at the end.

Example: It was close but no cigar for Johnny as he came second once again

7. Cry Over Spilt Milk

Meaning: One shouldn’t worry over things that have already happened and that cannot be changed.

Example: Yes, we made a mistake, but there’s no point in crying over spilled milk.

8. Cry Wolf
Meaning: someone is calling for help when it’s not really needed.
Example: If you cry wolf too often, people will stop believing you.

9. Curiosity Killed The Cat

Meaning: mind your own business, as too much poking and prodding could lead to harm.

Example: 'Why are you going away so suddenly?' 'Curiosity killed the cat.'

10. Cut To The Chase

Meaning: To get to the point, leaving out all of the unnecessary details. Similar to popular sayings such as “beating around the bush.

Example: I didn't have long to talk so I cut to the chase and asked whether he was still married.

11. Call out
Meaning: to shout
Example: I called out to him but he disappeared in the dark.

12. Call upon
Meaning: to order;
Example: to require: I was unfortunately called upon to give evidence against him.

13. Carry on
Meaning: to continue
Example: If you carry on working hard, your business will soon flourish.

14. Cast away
Meaning: to throw aside
Example:You must cast away all your apprehensions and accept the offer.

15. Catch up with
Meaning: to overtake
Example:Last week I had to stay late at the office to catch up with some pending files.
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