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English Idioms & Idiomatic Expressions

Alphabetical List - C 

(page 10 :  cold turkey  → come to grips)

cold turkey This term means to immediately and completely stop an addictive substance, a regular activity or a behavioural pattern, instead of ending it gradually.
When Dave decided to stop smoking, he did it cold turkey on January 1st
collect dust If something is collecting dust, it hasn't been touched or used for a long period of time.
My dad doesn't play golf any more.  His clubs are collecting dust now.
collect one's thoughts If you collect your thoughts, you try to think calmly and clearly in order to prepare yourself mentally for something.
Anne stopped to collect her thoughts before calling back the customer.
off colour If you are off colour, you look or feel ill.
What's the matter with Tom? He looks a bit off colour today.
come apart at the seams To say that someone is coming apart at the seams means that they are extremely upset or under severe mental stress.
Bob has had so many problems lately, he's coming apart at the seams.
come clean To come clean about something means to tell the truth.
The boy was encouraged to come clean and tell the authorities what happened.
come hell or high water If you say that you will do something come hell or high water, you mean that you will do it in spite of the difficulties involved.
Come hell or high water, I've got to be on time for the interview.
come in all shapes and sizes Something that can be found in many different forms, types or varieties, comes in all shapes and sizes.
Computers come in all shapes and sizes these days.
come in handy To say that something may come in handy means that it may be useful some time or other.
Don't throw away those old shelves; they may come in handy one day.
come into one's own When you come into your own, you finally obtain rightful recognition of your ability or talent and begin to have success.
He's a talented violinist who has at last come into his own.
come to a bad end If someone comes to a bad end, their actions lead to disastrous consequences which are sometimes deserved or predictable.
If that boy doesn't change his ways, he'll come to a bad end.
come to blows If two or more people come to blows, they start to fight.
The debate was so intense that the participants almost came to blows.
come to the crunch To talk about what to do if or when a situation comes to the crunch means when it becomes critical and a decision has to be made.
I'm running out of money. If it comes to the crunch, I'll sell my car.
come to grief If someone or something comes to grief, they either have an accident, are destroyed or end in failure.
Their plans for a golf course came to grief when it was decided to build a motorway.
come to grips If you come to grips with a problem or situation, you start to understand or deal with it properly.
After the initial shock, the patient began to come to grips with his disability.
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