English Idioms & Idiomatic Expressions
Alphabetical List of Idioms - C
|come to a head||If a problem or
difficult situation comes to a head,
it reaches a point where action has to be
The conflict came to a head yesterday when rioting broke out in the streets.
|come to your senses||If you come to
your senses you start to think clearly
and behave sensibly.
She finally came to her senses and realized that public transport was faster than driving in the city.
come rain or shine
||If a person does
something come rain or shine, they
do it regularly, whatever the circumstances.
He goes to the gym club every day, come rain or shine.
|come out of the woodwork||When things, or
people, come out of the woodwork,
they appear or emerge unexpectedly, as if
from nowhere, and usually in large numbers.
As soon as we added the swimming pool, our children had 'friends' coming out of the woodwork!
|come out in the wash||This expression is
used to tell someone not to worry about a
mistake or problem because it won't have any
serious effect and everything will work out
Yes, he was furious when it happened, but don't worry - it'll all come out in the wash.
|come up in the world||A person who has
come up in the world is richer than
before and has a higher social status.
My old school friend has bought an apartment overlooking Central Park. She has certainly come up in the world.
|come up roses||If things come
up roses, the end result is successful
or positive, even if there were difficult
After several disappointments, everything seems to be coming up roses for the tennis player this year.
|come/turn up trumps||To say that someone
has come up trumps means that they
have achieved unexpectedly good results.
Against all expectations, our team came up trumps in the cup final.
|come with the territory||To say that
something comes with the territory
means that it has to be accepted as part of
a job or responsibility, even if it is
A successful actor has to expect intensive media coverage - that comes with the territory!
|come what may||If you declare that
you will do something come what may,
you are saying that you will do it whatever
the consequences may be.
Come what may, I'm going to tell my mother-in-law what I think of her!
|(get) comeuppance||When someone
gets their comeuppance, they receive
the treatment they deserve (usually
punishment or retribution) for their
behaviour or actions.
Any pupils found bullying the newcomers will soon get their comeuppance.
|common ground||This expression
refers to an area of shared beliefs,
interests or mutual understanding between
people or groups who often have
Any common ground among the Mediterranean countries will contribute to future unity.
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