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English Idioms & Idiomatic Expressions


Alphabetical List - C 

(Idioms C page 8 :  chocolate teapot → clip wings)


as useful as a chocolate teapot Something which is of no practical use at all is about as useful as a chocolate teapot.
When there are no roads, a car is about as useful as a chocolate teapot.
chop and change If you chop and change, you constantly change your opinion, plans or methods and often cause confusion.
Don't chop and change all the time - just make up your mind!
Christmas comes but once a year This expression means that Christmas is a time of celebration that only happens once a year, and that we should mark the occasion by being generous to others, especially the less fontunate.
off someone's Christmas list This expression means that you are no longer on friendly terms with someone.
I've been off her Christmas card list since our dog messed up her garden!
can't fight the city hall This expression means that it is useless to try to win a battle against a politician, establishment or bureaucracy in general.
Brian decided it was a waste of energy trying to obtain a tax refund - you can't fight the city hall.
clap eyes on If you clap eyes on someone or something, you actually see them.
I've heard of him but I've never clapped eyes on him.
class act To say that someone, for example an athlete or entertainer, is a class act means that they are very good at what they do.
Her career is just beginning but she's already a class act.
claw one's way back In a situation which has deteriorated, if you claw your way back, you gradually regain your former position through determination, energy and hard work.
After a serious accident, the Olympic champion clawed his way back to the top, to the admiration of all.
clean bill of health If a person has a clean bill of health, they have a report or certificate declaring that their health is satisfactory.
All candidates for the position must produce a clean bill of health.
clean slate A clean slate is a record of your work or actions that does not show past mistakes and allows you to make a fresh start.
He was able to rebuild his life with a clean slate.
clean as a whistle Something as clean as a whistle is extremely clean.
This can also mean that a person's criminal record is clean.
Bob spent the afternoon washing and shining his car until it was as clean as a whistle.
clear the air If you decide to clear the air, you try to remove the causes of fear, worry or suspicion by talking about the problem openly.
The atmosphere had become so unpleasant that he decided it was time to clear the air.
clear the way If you clear the way, you allow something to happen by removing what was preventing it.
Opening universities to women cleared the way fo them to have a career and participate actively in today's society.
clinch a deal In a business relationship, if you clinch a deal, you reach agreement on a proposal or offer.
Paul's final argument enabled us to clinch the deal.
clip someone's wings If you clip someone's wings, you do something to restrict their freedom.
Taking away his credit card is a sure way to clip his wings.
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