English Idioms & Idiomatic Expressions
Alphabetical List - C
|cream rises to the top||Someone or
something exceptionally good will eventually
attract attention or stand out from the
rest, just as cream rises to the top
in coffee or tea.
I knew you'd succeed. As the saying goes: 'cream rises to the top'!
|creative accounting||This term refers to
the presentation of a company's results in a
way that, although generally legal, glosses
over the problems and makes the results
appear better than they are.
It was suggested that some creative accounting might help to attract investors.
|creature comforts||This expression
refers to modern conveniences (such as hot
water or central heating) that make life
comfortable and pleasant.
I need my creature comforts. I don't know how I'd survive without air-conditioning in this climate!
|credibility gap||The extent of
disbelief, of the difference between what
you are asked to believe and what you are
able to believe, is called a credibility
The growing credibility gap may lead to a serious loss of votes in the next elections.
|crest of a wave||If you are on
the crest of a wave, you are very
successful in what you are doing.
Our company is going from success to success. We're on the crest of a wave right now.
|crocodile tears||To shed
crocodile tears means to shed false
tears or show insincere grief.
Caroline pretended to be sad but we all knew her tears were crocodile tears.
|crooked as a dog's hind leg||To say that someone
is as crooked as a dog's hind leg
means that they are very dishonest indeed.
He can't be trusted - he's as crooked as a dog's hind leg.
|cross to bear||A person who has a
cross to bear have a serious
problem or heavy responsibility that they
must accept because they cannot change it.
Alzheimer's is a cross to bear for the whole family.
|cross that bridge when we come to it||This is another way
of saying 'we will deal with that problem
when it occurs and not worry about it
"What will happen if we can't repay the loan?"
"We'll cross that bridge when we come to it."
|cross the line||If you cross
the line, you go beyond the authorized
limits and do something which is not
He has an unpleasant habit of telling jokes that really cross the line.
|cross your mind||If an idea or
thought crosses your mind, you
suddenly think of it.
It just crossed my mind that the shops are closed today.
|cross someone's path||If you meet
somebody, usually unexpectedly or by chance,
you cross their path.
Ms. Bridgewater was my English teacher but haven't crossed her path since I left school.
|at cross purposes||If two people are
at cross purposes, there is a
misunderstanding as to what each one is
Look, we seem to be at cross purposes. You're talking about 'sailing' boats, but I'm talking about 'selling' boats.
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