3. call for someone - come and get someone
Example: Could you please come and call on me before you go to the game.
4. call it quits - stop, finish
Example: He called it quits and went home for the day.
5. call of nature - the need to go to the toilet
Example: He is answering the call of nature and cant't talk to you for a few minutes.
6. call off - cancel
Example: The game was called off because of the rain.
7. call on - visit someone
Example: I plan to call on my brother when I am on my holidays.
8. call on - visit someone
Example: I plan to call on my brother when I am on my holidays.
9. call on - ask some one to participate or contribute something
Example: The teacher called on me three times to answer questions in the class.
10. call on to the carpet - call someone before an authority to be scolded or reprimanded
Example: He was called on to the carpet by his boss for losing the major sale.
11. call someone's bluff - challenge someone to prove what they say is true
Example: I decided to call his bluff and asked him to show me the evidence.
12. call up - telephone
Example: He said that he would call up his parents tommorrow night.
13. calm down - relax
Example: She finally calmed down after the accident.
14. cancel out - destroy the effect of something
Example: The benefits of her exercise were cancelled out by her always overeating.
15. can of worms - a complecated situation or problem
Example: The lawsuit opened up can of worms fo the company.
16. card up one's sleeve - a plan or argument kept back to be produced if needed.
Example: I think that he has a card up his sleeve and will be able to help us later.
17. (in) care of someone - send something to one person at the address of another person
Example: I sent the the parcel to her in care of her friend at the university.
18. carrot and stick - the promise of reward and threat of punishment at the same time
Example: The trade negotiators took a carrot and stick approach to the automobile talks.
19. (get) carried away - lose control or judgement due to strong feelings.
Example: I got a carried away and began to yell at her for losing my textbook.
20. carry on - continue, keep doing as before
Example: We were permitted to carry on with the party after we had talked to the landlord.
21. carry(something) out - put into action, accomplish
Example: The move to the new headquarters was carried out with a minimum of problems.
22. carry over-save for another time
Example: We plan to carry over the summer swimwear until next year.
23. carry the day - win or be successful
Example: vvvHis fine performance in our company carried the day for us.
24. carry throug - put a plan into action
Example: The company carried through with their plan to layoff 300 workers.
25.(a) case in point - an example that proves something or helps to make something clear
Example: What he just said was a case in point about what I have been saying all year.
26. cash cow - a good source of money
Example: His new business is a great cash cow. I think that he is really making a lot of money.
27. cash in - exchange something for money
Example: We decided to cash in the coupons because we needed some money.
28. cash in on - see and profit by a chance
Example: The small town cashed in on their success with the winter Olympics.
29. castles in the air - daydreams
Example: She is always building castles in the air and is very unrealistic.
30. catch-22 - a situation where whatever you do the outcome will be bad, a no-win situation
Example: It was a catch-22 situation where if I went to work there would be problems but if I didn't go to work there would be more problems.
31. catch a cold - become sick with a cold
Example: I caught a cold because of the rain and the cold weather.
32. catch on - understand, learn about
Example: It was difficult to catch on at first but finally I was able to understand the math problem.
33. catch on - become popular.
Example: Recently ballroom dancing has begun to catch on among many people.
34. catch one's breath - stop to rest and regain one's normal breathing
Example: After running from the station it took a moment to catch my breath.
35. catch one's eye - attract one's attention
Example: I tried to catch her eye but she didn't notice me.
36. catch(someone) red-handed - find someone in the middle of doing something wrong
Example: He caught the boy red-handed when he was stealing the mobile phone.
37. catch up with (someone or something) - become even with someone (in a race or in schoolwork etc. )
Example: I think It's too late to catch up with the rest of the class now.
38. caught short - not having enough of something when you need it ( usually money)
Example: I was caught short last week and couldn't pay the weekly food bill.
39. cave in - to weaken and be forced to give up
Example: The company finally caved in to the union's demand for more money.
40. chalk up - record
Example: The stock prices of the company chalked up a big gain last week.
41.change of heart - change the way one feels about something
Example: She had change of heart and decided to let her child go to the circus.
42. change (one's) mind - change one's decision
Example: He changed his mind and said that he would not go to the movie tonight.
43. change (one's) tune - make a chnge in one's story,statement or opinions
Example: He has begun to change his tune recently and is beginning to agree that we need to do things a little differently.
44. (in)charge of something - be responsible for an activity or group of people
Example: He is in charge of selling tickets for the school dance.
45. cheat on (someone) - be unfaithful to someone
Example: He rencently began cheating on his wife which was the main cause of their divorce.
46. (have the ) cheek to do something - rudeness,impudence
Example: She had the cheek to tell me that she was sick and couldn't come to work today.
47. cheek by jowl - side by side, in close intimac
Example: They were walking down the stairs cheek by jowl when the alarm sounded.
48. chew the fat - chat
Example: The two men were chewing te fat on the porch of the house.
49. chew out(someone) - scold roughly
Example: The teacher chewed out the student for talking in class.
50. chicken out - stop doing something because of fear
Example: he chickened out of jumping into the lake from the high diving board.
51. chickens come home to roost - words or acts come back to cause troble for a person
Example: Her chickens have finally come home to roost and she must now take responsibility for what she has done.
52. chime in - join in (a song or conversation)
Example: We were having a nice conversati9n until she chimed in and started compaining about everthing.
53.chip in - contribute or pay jointly
Example: We all chipped in and bought our father a present.
54. chip off the old block - person who looks or acts like one of his parents
Example: His son is a chip off the old block and acts exactly like his father.
55.(when the ) chips are down - the time when one faces the greatest obstacles
Example: When the chips were down he want to his father for advice and received his encouragement.
56. clean slate - having no errors. past acts that are all good
Example: He started off with a clean slate and has never caused any problems for the company.
57. clear the air - calm down and remove a misunderstanding
Example: We had a big argument so I thing it is time to clear the air.
58. clear the decks - clear away things and prepare for action
Example: Let's clear the decks and get everyone out of the house so we can begin work.
59. clear up - solve or explain (a problem etc)
Example: They finally cleared up the problem that I was having with my salary at work.
60. cliff hanger - sports event or movie where the outcome is uncertain until the very end.
Example: The playoff game was cliff hanger and one of the most enjoyble games of the year.
61. climb the wall - be so bored that you become anxious and frustrated
Example: She began to climb the wall after only a few days at her new job.
62. clip joint-a low - class business where people are cheated
Example: They went into a clip joint near the bus station and had to pay a lot of money.
63. clip someone's wings - limit one's activities or possibilities
Example: They decided to clip his wings and took away his expense account.
64. close call/shave - an accident almost happens(but doesn't happen)
Example: I had a close call this mornig when the truck almost hit me.
65.close ranks - come together for fighting, unite and work together
Example: They decided to close ranks and stop arguing among themselves
66. close to home - near to someone's personal feelings, wishesh or interests
Example: What I said about her work habits must have hit close to home as she seemed to become very quiet suddenly.
67. coast is clear - no danger is in sight, no one can see you
Example: When teh coast was clear we decided to enter the building.
68. cog in the machine - you are not important but only a small part of a large organization
Example: The employees felt like they were only cogs in a machine so te atmosphere at the company was not very good.
69. cold spell or cold snap - a sudden short period of cold weather(usually in winter)
Example: The cold snap lasted for five days.
70. come a cropper - fail
Example: I think that he has come a cropper in the horse competition and that is why he is sad.
71. come across - find something or meet someone by change
Example: I came across an interesting story in the newspaper the other day.
72. come again - please repeat, please say that again.
Example: Come again.I didn't hear you the first time.
73. come along - make great progress
Example: He has come a long way and has learned many things about his new company.
74. come back - return to the place you are now
Example: She came back from her holidays last week.
75. come back - return to one's memory
Example: I can't remember clearly the events of last year but slowly everythig is coming back to me.
76. come between-disrupt the relationship between(two people)
Example: His constant interfering finally came between his brother and his wife.
77. come by - get, obtain,acquire
Example: She came by a lot of money recently and is now enjoying her life.
78. come clean- tell the truth
Example: The president of the company was forced to come clean and tell what really happended to the business.
79.(a) come-down- a lowering in status, income, influence or energy
Example: Her new job was a real come-down from her last one so she was not very happy.
80. come down hard on - scold or punish severely
Example: The police have been coming down very hard on drunk drivers rencently.
81. come down to earth - stop imagining or dreaming, think and behave as usual
Example: He has finally come down to earth and is preparing seriously to look for a job.
82. come down with - become sick wit or catch a cold etc.
Example: Her mother came down with a cold so was unable to attend the dinner.
83. come from - be a native of a place
Example: Several of the students in the class come from Parbhani.
84. come full circle - completely opposite from one's starting point
Example: They have come full circle since the new president started at the university.
85. come hell or high water - no matter what happens
Example: Come hell or high water I plan to go to the concert next week.
86. come in handy - prove to be useful
Example: I think that the small hammer will come in handy to fix the desk.
87. come into - receive,get possession of
Example: They came into a lot of money which they donated to charity.
88. come into fashion - become fashionable
Example: She says that although bell-bottom pants have come into fashion again she will never wear them.
89. come into one's own - become to perform or work well because of good circumstances
Example: He has really come into his own as a basketball player since he changed positions.
90. come off - be successful
Example: The party came off without any problems so everyone was very happy.
91. come on strong - overwhelm with excessively strong language or personality
Example: He came on too stong during the job interview and was unable to get the job.
92.come out with - say, make known.
Example: The child has recently come out with many strange and funny expressions.
93. come to - begin or learn to do or feel someting
Example: At first I disliked her a lot but recently I have come to accept her.
94. come to - regain consciousness
Example: She came to a couple of hours after the accident.
95. come to blows - begin to flight
Example: They almost came to blows when they were trying to fix the car.
96. come to grief - have a bad accident or disappointment
Example: He has recently come to much grief because of his son's problems with the police.
97. come to grip with - struggle(successfully) with an idea or problem
Example: She has finally been able to come o grips with her husband's drinking.
98. come to light - be discovered, become known
Example: It has recently come to light that the company has lost millions of dollars.
99. come to nothing - end in failure
Example: All his efforts to help his sister find a job came to nothing.
100. come to one's senses-begin to think clearly or act sensibly
Example: He finally came to his senses and decided to buy a cheaper car rather than borrow a lot of money for an expensive one.
101. come to pass - to happen, occur
Example: It came to pass that the company was never ablle to recover from their financial problems.
102. come to terms - reach an agreement
Example: We came to terms with the bank and were able to buy the house.
103. come to te point - be direct
Example: His speech was interesting but he never really came to the point.
104. Come up with - produce or find thought, idea or answer
Example: Please try to come up with a name for the new magazine.
105. common touch - friendly manner with everyone
Example: He has a nice common touch and everyone likes him a lot.
106. conk out - fall asleep quickly with great fatigue
Example: As soon as we returned from the hike I conked out in front of the TV.
107. cook one's goose - ruin one's chances.
Example: She really cooked her own goose and has no chance of getting the new job.
108. cook up - invent, plan and put something together
Example: I don't know what kind of plan she is cooking up now but it should be quite interesting.
109. cool as a cucumber - very calm and brave, not worried or anxious
Example: She was as cool as a cucumber when her boat turned over in the river.
110. cool one's heels - be kept waiting because of another's rudeness
Example: He was forced to cool his heels for an hour in te waiting room before his boss would talk to him.
111. copycat - someone who copies another person's work or their actions
Example: The little boy was accused of being a copycat by the other children.
112. cough up - give unwillingly
Example: He finally coughed up enough money to pay for the accident.
113. count on - depend on
Example: You can never count on him to do anything right.
114. count one's cickens before they're hatched - assume that something will be successful
Example: before it is certain Don't count your chickens before they're hatched. You're spending your money and don't even have a job yet.
115. cover one's tracks - hide or not say where one has been or what one has done
Example: He was trying to cover his tracks but it was easy to see where he had recently been.
116. count out - leave somethiong out of a plan, exclude
Example: Please count me out of your plans to go to the movie for the weekend.
117. cover up - hide something wrong or bad
Example: They tried to cover up the facts regarding the illegal election campaign funds.
118. cosy up to (someone) - try to be friendly to someone
Example: I don't know what he wants but recently he has been trying to cosy up to me.
119. crack a joke - tell a joke
Example: He was a lot of fun at the party because he was always cracking jokes.
120. crack a smile- let a smile show on one's face
Example: He never cracked a smile during the whole meeting.
121. crack down on - enforce laws or rules strictly
Example: The school principal decided to crack down on people runnig in the halls.
122. crackpot - an eccentric person with ideas that don't make sense to others
Example: He is a total crackpot and you never know what he will do next.
123. crack the whip - try to make someone work hard or obey you by threatening them
Example: We had to crack the whip in order to get the job finished by the weekend.
124. (buy someting) on credit - pay for something not in cash
Example: He decided to buy the stereo on credit.
125. crack up - burst into laughter
Example: I cracked up when he started talking about the incident with the taxi driver.
126. cramp one's style - limit one's talk or action
Example: Working in the new section is beginning to cramp my style a little.
127. crash the gate - enter without a ticket or without paying or with no invitation
Example: Many people didn't have a ticket for the concert so they decided to crash the gate.
128. cream of the crop - the top choice
Example: When they hire new employees they always look for the cream of the crop.
129. (the) creeps - a strong feeling of fear or disgust
Example: I get te creeps every time that I see a dead animal.
130. creep up on - crawl quietly towards
Example: The thief crept up on the elderly women at the supermarket.
131.a crocodile tears- a show of sorrow that is not really felt
Example: He said that he was very sorry but his tears were just crocodile tears.
132. crop up - appear or happen unexpectedly
Example: I will meet you early next week unless something crops up that keeps me busy.
133. cross a bridge before one comes to it - think and worry about future events or Example: problems before they happen we shouldn't worry about that problem now. We can cross that bridge when we come to it.
134. cross one's heart and hope to die - promise that what you are saying is true.
Example: I promise that I will pay you back the money next week. Cross my heart and hope to die.
135. cross one's mind - think of, occur to someone
Example: It just crossed my mind that I would probably see him in the evenng so I didn't phone him.
136. cross (something) out - eliminate by drawing a line through something
Example: Please cross out that amount and put in the correct amount.
137. cross to bear/carry - something you must do or continue with even though you are suffering
Example: Looking after my sister's children every day is my cross to bear.
138. cry out for - need something badly, be lacking
Example: The new room that he built cries out for a new set of furniture.
139. cry over spilt milk - cry or complain about something that has already happended
Example: Don't cry over spilt milk. You can never change the past.
140. cry uncle - admit defeat or that one has lost
Example: he finally had to cry uncle when the other wrestler pinned him to te mat.
141. cry wolf - warn of danger that is not there
Example: he has been crying wolf for years about various things and now nobody believes him.
142. (not one's) cup of tea - something one enjoys, special interest
Example: It's not really my cup of tea so I thing I will stay home and not go to the art gallery.
143. curiosity killed the cat - being too nosy and interested in other peoples business may lead a person into trouble
Example: Don't keep asking so many questions. Remember curiosity killed the cat.
144.curry favou - flatter someone to get his help or friendship
Example: He has been working hard to curry facour with the other members of the committee.
145. cut across - cross or go through something instead of going around
Example: We decided to cut across the field because we were in a hurry to get to school.
146. cut and dried - completely decided, prearranged
Example: The decision was cut and dried and nobody asked for our opinion.
147.cut back - use fewer or use less
Example: We were forced to cut back on the number of people who were invited to the party.
148. cut both ways - serve both sides of an argument
Example: What he said cuts both ways and we should carefully think about it.
149.cut corners - economize
Example: We will have to cut corners in order to save some money for our holiday.
150. cut down on - use less of somethig
Example: Recently he has cut down on his drinking in order to start his new health program.
151. cut down to size - prove that someone is not as good as he thinks
Example: I was able to cut him down to size when I criticized what he said at the meeting.
152. cut(someone) off - stop someone from saying something, disconnect someone on the phone
Example: I tried to tell him about the accident but he cut me off before I had a chance.
cut out- eliminate
She decided to cut out chocolate in order to lose weight.