Dictionary: Letter C


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call back [call back, call somebody back] Return a phone call or call again later. phone back, ring back

call in 1 visit (insep) Pay somebody a short visit. drop in, pop in

2 [call somebody in] (doctor, expert, consultant, police, technician) Ask somebody, like a doctor or a technician, to come and help you with a problem. bring in

call off cancel [call something off] Cancel an event. be off, put off

call out shout [call something out] Announce or say something in a loud voice.

call up phone [call somebody up] Phone somebody.

calm down relax [calm down, calm somebody down] Become more relaxed.

carry away [get carried away] Behave in a silly way because you are too excited, angry, etc; not know what you are doing.

carry on continue (insep) Continue doing something. go on, keep on

carry out do [carry something out] (survey, investigation, research, review, plan, threat) Do a task.

carve out get [carve something out] (career, name, reputation, place, role) Manage to get something by working hard.

cash in get [cash something in] (cheque, pension) Get the money.

cash in on [cash in on something] (insep) Profit or take advantage of something.

catch on (insep) (idea, fashion, concept) Become popular.

chalk up 1 [chalk something up] (goals, losses, success, victory, win) Succeed in getting something.

2 [chalk something up] Write down what somebody should pay.

3 [chalk something up to] Explain something as the result of something else.

idiom chalk it up to experience Regard a failure as an experience you can learn from.

chase away [chase somebody/something away] Force a person or animal to leave a place with threats or by attacking them.

chase off chase away.

chat up seduce [chat somebody up] Talk to somebody in a friendly way because you are sexually attracted to them.

check in [check in, check something in] Arrive at a hotel or airport and report your arrival at reception or check-in desk.

check out 1 Pay and leave a place.

2 [check something out] Check that something is correct or it's what you want.

cheer up [cheer up, cheer somebody up, cheer something up] Make somebody feel happier.

chew over think [chew something over] Think about something or discuss it very carefully. mull over, think over

chicken out (insep) Not do something because of fear.

chip in 1 contribute Contribute money towards something. club together, pitch in

2 interrupt Interrupt a conversation. butt in

clam up (insep) Refuse to speak. shut up

clean up [clean up, clean something up] Wash or clean completely. clear up

clear off leave [clear something off] Disappear or be removed.

clear up 1 [clear up, clear something up] (kitchen, mess) Tidy & clean or remove dirt and clean. clean up

2 (doubt, problem, disagreement, misunderstanding, confusion, issue, crime, mystery) Find an answer or an explanation for something or settle it. sort out

3 (insep) (weather) Improve. brighten up

climb down (insep) Admit you are wrong. back down

clock in (insep) Register the time when arriving at work. clock on (American punch in) clock out, clock off

clock off (insep) Leave work or register the time you leave work. clock out (American punch out) clock on, clock in

clock on (insep) clock in clock out, clock off

clock out (insep) Register the time you leave work. clock off clock in, clock on

clog up block (insep) (arteries, pipe, drain, well) Block. choke up

close down [close something down] (factory, plant, business, company, shop, production, operations) Close a place permanently. shut down

come across 1 meet [come across somebody] (insep) Meet somebody by chance. bump into , run into, stumble across

2 find [come across something] (insep) (photo) Find something by chance.

come forward (insep) Offer help or information.

come round/around 1 (insep) Recover consciousness. come to pass out, black out

2 (insep) Pay somebody a visit. drop by

come on 1 start (insep) Start.

2 (insep) Make progress. get on

come to (insep) Recover consciousness. come (a)round, pass out, black out

come through (insep) (call, message, document, authorization, divorce, money, results, news) Recieve something.

come through survive [come through something] (insep) (car crash, accident, operation, illness, war, ordeal, crisis) Survive or recover.

come up 1 mention (insep) (issue, point, matter, question, subject) Be mentioned. Bring up

2 appear (insep) (job, vacancy) Appear.

come up with [come up with something] (insep) (idea, plan, proposal, theory, scheme, solution, suggestion, compromise, money, funding) Occur to you or you manage to find it.

cool down 1 (insep) Become less hot.

2 (insep) Become less excited.

cop out [cop out, cop out of something] (responsibility) Avoid something because you are afraid or you don't want to keep your promise.

cotton on understand (informal) Begin to understand.

cough up [cough something up] (informal) (money, name) Give somebody something because you have to. Pay up

count on [count on somebody] (insep) Rely on them to help or support you.

crack down [crack down on somebody, crack down on something] (informal) (criminals, vandals, extremists) Be much stricter than before. clamp down on

cram in include [cram in, cram something in] Manage to have a lot of people or things in a reduced space or time. pack in, fit in

creep away/down/into/etc (insep) Gradually or quietly begin to do something.

creep on up [creep up on somebody] Approach somebody quietly from behind.

cut back [cut something back, cut down on something] (spending, public expenditure, expenses, production, budget, costs) Reduce something to save money.

cut down 1 reduce [cut down, cut down on something] (smoking, cigarettes, sugar, fatty foods; luxuries, spending, cost) Reduce the amount you take of something.

2 cut [cut something down] (tree, forest) Make something fall to the ground by cutting it.

cut off [cut something off] (electricity, water) Remove something by cutting, separating or stopping it somehow.



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