Friday, March 4, 2016

English Idioms starting with C part 1

Call the shots

If you call the shots, you are in charge and tell people what to do.

Can of worms

If an action can create serious problems, it is opening a can of worms.

Can't hold a candle

If something can't hold a candle to something else, it is much worse.

Card up your sleeve

If you have a card up your sleeve, you have a surprise plan or idea that you are keeping back until the time is right.

Carrot and stick

If someone offers a carrot and stick, they offer an incentive to do something combined with the threat of punishment.

Carry the can

If you carry the can, you take the blame for something, even though you didn't do it or are only partly at fault.

Cash in your chips

If you cash in your chips, you sell something to get what profit you can because you think its value is going to fall. It can also mean 'to die'.

Cast doubt on

If you make other people not sure about a matter, then you have cast doubt on it.

Cast your mind back

If somebody tells you to cast your mind back on something, they want you to think about something that happened in the past, but which you might not remember very well, and to try to remember as much as possible.

Cat nap

If you have a short sleep during the day, you are cat napping.

Catch as catch can

This means that people should try to get something any way they can.

Change horses in midstream

If people change horses in midstream, they change plans or leaders when they are in the middle of something, even though it may be very risky to do so.

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