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Dennis Oliver's Idioms: C


call it a day: stop work for the day.

"It's late and you've accomplished a lot. Why don't you call it a day?"

can't make heads or tails of something: can't understand something at all;
find something confusing and illogical.

"I can't make heads or tails of your e-mail. Were you having problems
with your computer?"

catch one's eye: attract one's attention/interest.

"This brochure about Tahiti caught my eye when I was at the travel agency."

catch some Zs: sleep for a while; take a nap.

"You look tired, Dave. Why don't you catch some Zs?"

change one's mind: decide to do something different from what had been decided earlier.

A: "Why are you working this week? I thought you were going to be on vacation."
B: "I changed my mind. I'm taking my vacation next month."

chicken (adjective or noun): cowardly.

"Fred will never ask Lucy for a date. He's chicken / a chicken.

chow: food.

"How's the chow in the university cafeteria?"

chow down: eat.

"It's almost 6:00. Are you ready to chow down?"

a cinch: something that's very easy to do.

A: How was the test?
B: It was a cinch. I finished it quickly and I know that all my answers were correct."

cool (also kewl): neat, special, wonderful.

"The ESL Cafe on the Web is really cool!"

Cool it!: calm down.

"There's no need to be so upset. Just cool it!"

cost (someone) an arm and a leg: cost a lot; be very expensive.

A: "Your new car is really nice."
B: "It should be. It cost (me) an arm and a leg!"

couch potato: someone who spends too much time watching TV.

"You're a real couch potato, Jay. You need to get more exercise!"

cram: try to learn as much as possible in a very short time.

"Sidney did well on the test because he crammed for it. However, he probably
won't remember any of the information a couple of days from now."

crash course: short course designed to give a lot of knowledge/information in a very short time.

"Tom's company is sending him to a business meeting in Istanbul.
Should he take a crash course in Turkish?"

Cut it out!: stop doing something (that's annoying).

"You kids are making too much noise. Cut it out!"



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