Idioms Starting with the Letter C
- CALL IT A DAY
- To stop an activity for the day.
We've done enough work today. Let's call it a day.
- CALL IT A NIGHT
- To go to bed to sleep.
I'm tired. I'm going to have to call it a night.
- CALL IT EVEN
- To declare debts paid.
You save my life five years ago, and I saved your life just now. Let's call it even.
- CALL IT QUITS
- To conclude; to quit or stop an activity.
I think everyone is very tired right now; let's call it quits for now and try again tomorrow.
- CAN OF WORMS
- A difficult problem which produces additional problems.
Max couldn't tell Mary the truth. He knew it would open a can of worms.
- CARRY ON
- To continue or proceed.
I'll be gone for a couple weeks. I'm sure you can carry on without me.
- CATCH ON
- To understand; to realize.
Max took a little extra time to catch on, but eventually he understood the situation.
- CHANGE ONE'S MIND
- To decide differently or have a different opinion than before.
I know I said that I wanted vanilla, but I changed my mind; I want chocolate.
- CHEAT ON
- To be sexually unfaithful to.
John asked for a divorce when he found out that Mary was cheating on him.
- CLOSE BUT NO CIGAR
- A narrowly missed attempt or guess.
Nice try. Close but no cigar. Guess again.
- COLD TURKEY
- To stop an addiction all at once, not gradually.
Max quit smoking cigarettes cold turkey.
- CROSS THAT BRIDGE WHEN ONE COMES TO IT
- To not deal with a situation until one is actually in the situation.
I'm not sure what we'll do if he says no. I guess we'll cross that bridge when we come to it.
- CROSS THE LINE
- To go too far; to violate accepted boundaries or rules.
Max really crossed the line when he ate Mary's last donut.
- CUT (SOMEBODY) SOME SLACK
- To be flexible or lenient with somebody.
Cut Max some slack. He didn't mean to be rude. He just had a very difficult day.
- CUT TO THE CHASE
- To get to the main point; to state something directly.
Let me cut to the chase. I quit. As of tomorrow, I no longer work here.