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English Idioms & Idiomatic Expressions


Alphabetical List - C 

(Idioms C page 5 :  caught in crossfire  → change face of)


caught in the crossfire If you are caught in the crossfire, you suffer the effects of an argument or dispute between two people or groups.
When the two taxi drivers started to argue, their passengers were caught in the crossfire.
wouldn't be caught dead/seen dead If someone says that they wouldn't be caught or seen dead in a particular place or doing something, they mean that they would be too ashamed or embarrassed.
My seven-year-old son thinks he's a big boy; he wouldn't be caught dead holding my hand in front of his friends!
caught unawares If someone is caught unawares, they are surprised and unprepared for what happens.
The security guard moved so silently that the thief was caught unawares.
cause a stir If something causes a stir, it creates an atmosphere of excitement or great interest.
The arrival of the actress caused quite a stir in the village.
throw caution to the wind If you throw caution to the wind, you start taking risks and stop worrying about the danger involved.
I decided to throw caution to the wind and invest in my best friend's new company.
caveat emptor This Latin expression, which means 'let the buyer beware', is a warning to customers that goods are for sale 'as is'. The buyer is purchasing the articles at his/her own risk and is responsible for examining them beforehand.
Caveat emptor is a principle to be remembered when buying second-hand goods.
chalk and cheese Two people who are like chalk and cheese are completely different from each other.
I'm surprised they get on so well.  They're like chalk and cheese.
champ at the bit Someone who is champing at the bit is ready and eager to start an activity, and is showing impatience at being delayed.
The press conference was delayed for such a long time that the journalists were champing at the bit.
champagne taste on a beer budget Someone who likes expensive things that they cannot afford has champagne taste on a beer budget.
Eve borrows money to buy expensive designer clothes - champagne taste on a beer budget!
take a chance If you take a chance on something, you take action in the hope of success even though you know that the result may be negative.
I may not be able to get through the traffic, but I'll take a chance on it.
chance one's arm If you chance your arm, you decide to do something even though there is little hope of success.
Tony knew there was little hope of getting into Harvard but he decided to chance his arm anyway.
chance in a million A chance in a million is a very small chance, or no chance at all, that something will happen.
There's a chance in a million of finding the key I lost on the golf course.
change the face of When an innovation, discovery or event changes the face of something, it alters it completely or in a major way.
Social networks have changed the face of modern communication.
 
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