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Ignore?
in any case
whatever happens or happened
in that case
if that is the situation
put the cat among the pigeons
to do or say sth that causes arguments, trouble etc
when the cat's away
used to say that people will not behave well when the person who has authority over them is not there
catch it
(informal) to be punished by someone such as a parent or teacher because you have done something wrong
be the centre of attention
to be the person that everyone is giving attention to
make certain
to check that something is correct or true [= make sure]
be one link in the chain
be one part of a process
take a chance
to do sth that involves risks
by any chance
(spoken) used to ask politely whether something is true
change the subject
to talk about sth else
change your mind
to change your decision, plan, or opinion about sth
cheese!
(spoken) used to tell people to smile when you are going to take their photograph
an only child
a child with no brothers or sisters
child's play
if sth is * * it is very easy to do
chuck it down
to rain very heavily
go around in circles
to think or argue about sth without deciding anything or making progress
under no circumstances
used to emphasize that something must definitely not happen
circumstances
(formal) the conditions in which you live, especially how much money you have
come clean
(informal) to finally tell the truth about sth you have been hiding
clean sheet
a record of sb's work, behaviour, performance etc that shows they have not done anything wrong or made any mistakes
clean hands
if a person, government, organization etc has * *, they have done sth in a fair or legal way
clean copy
a piece of writing without mistakes or other marks written on it
clean your plate
to eat all your food
a clear conscience
the knowledge that you have done the right thing and should not feel guilty
clear your head
to stop worrying or thinking about sth, or get rid of the effects of drinking too much alcohol
clear the air
to do sth to end an argument or bad situation, for example discuss a problem calmly
the clock is ticking
used to say that there is not much time left to do sth
closing remarks
sth you say at the end of a speech
that's close
(spoken) used to tell sb that they have almost guessed or answered sth correctly
a closed book
a subject or problem that someone does not know about or understand
closely related
if two or more things are * * etc, there is a strong connection between them
under a cloud of suspicion
(informal) if sb is * * *, people have a bad opinion of them because they think they have done sth wrong
be on cloud nine
(informal) to be very happy about sth
toss a coin
to choose or decide sth by throwing a coin into the air and guessing which side of it will show when it falls
two sides of the same coin
two problems or situations that are so closely connected that they are really just two parts of the same thing
get cold feet
(informal) to suddenly feel that you are not brave enough to do something you planned to do
give somebody the cold shoulder
(informal) to deliberately ignore sb or be unfriendly to them, especially because they have upset or offended you
leave someone cold
to not feel interested in or affected by something in any way
cold facts
facts without anything added to make them more pleasant or interesting
combine business with pleasure
work and enjoy yourself at the same time
in years to come
in the future
have come a long way
to have made a lot of progress
come clean
(informal) to tell the truth about something you have done
how come?
used to ask someone why or how something happened
come to think of it
used to add something that you have just realized or remembered:
be coming along
(informal) to be developing or making progress (=progress)
come into your own
to become very good, useful, or important in a particular situation
come over
if a strong feeling *s * you, you suddenly experience it
come through
to continue to live, be strong, or succeed after a difficult or dangerous time [= survive]
when it comes to
(informal) when you are dealing with something or talking about sth
come under attack
to be attacked, shot at etc
be coming up
to be going to happen soon
comforts
the things that make your life nicer and more comfortable, especially things that are not necessary
command of
knowledge of sth, especially a language, or ability to use sth
be a comment on
to be a sign of the bad quality of sth
out of commission
1) not working or not available for use 2) (informal) ill or injured, and unable to work
in commission
available to be used
commit adultery
if a married person *s *, they have sex with sb who is not their husband or wife
common ground
facts, features, or beliefs that are shared by people or things that are very different
by common consent
with everyone's agreement
common knowledge
sth everyone knows is a * *
common practice
a usual or accepted way of doing things
common touch
the ability of sb in a position of power or authority to talk to and understand ordinary people (used to show approval)
call names
use insulting names for someone
call it a day
(informal) to decide to stop working, especially because you have done enough or you are tired
call in a loan
to officially tell someone to pay back money you lent them
is on call
if someone such as a doctor or engineer * * *, they are ready to go and help whenever they are needed as part of their job
brain candy
(informal) something that is entertaining or pleasant to look at, but which you do not approve of because you think it is not serious
put your cards on the table
to tell people what your plans and intentions are in a clear, honest way
take care
(spoken) used when saying goodbye to family and friends
who cares?
(spoken) used to say that something does not worry or upset you because it is not important
see if I care!
(spoken) used when you are angry or upset, to say that you do not care about what someone will do
you can't be too careful
(spoken) used to say that you should do everything you can to avoid problems or danger
careful with money
not spending more money than you need to
just in case
as a way of being safe from something that might happen or might be true
in case
(AE) if
community spirit
the desire to be friendly with and help other people who live in the same community
the international community
all the countries of the world
to be a good company
to be a cheerful who is enjoyable to be with
two's company, three's a crowd
used to suggest that two people would rather be alone together than have other people with them
there's no comparison
(spoken) used when you think that sb or sth is much better than sb or sth else
take something as a compliment
to be pleased about what sb says about you, even though they may not mean to be nice
fish for compliments
to try to make sb say sth nice about you
return the compliment
to behave towards sb in the same way that they have behaved towards you
recover your composure
become calm after feeling angry or upset
keep your composure
stay calm
it's beyond my comprehension
it's impossible for me to understand
to whom it may concern
an expression written at the beginning of a formal letter when you do not know the name of the person you want to communicate with
as far as somebody is concerned
(spoken) used to show what sb's opinion on a subject is or how it affects them
concerned with
if a book, story etc is * * a person, subject etc, it is about that subject
in conclusion
used in a piece of writing or a speech to show that you are about to finish what you are saying [= finally]
out of condition
unfit
on no condition
never
send your condolences
formally express your sympathy when sb has died
disorderly conduct
noisy violent behaviour
confer a title
to officially give sb a title etc, especially as a reward for sth they have achieved
I must confess
used when admitting sth you feel slightly embarrassed about
confirm you in your belief
make you believe sth more strongly
conflict of interests
1) a situation in which you cannot do your job fairly because you will be affected by the decision you make 2) a situation in which different people want different things
confuse the issue
to make an issue, matter or argument even more difficult to think clearly about a situation or problem or to deal with it
in conjunction with
working, happening, or being used with sb or sth else
in connection with something
concerning or involving sth
with a clear conscience
when you know that you have done nothing wrong
on your conscience
if you have sth * * *, it makes you feel guilty
lose consciousness
go into a deep sleep
regain consciousness
wake up
by common consent
with most people agreeing
by mutual consent
by agreement between both the people involved
as a consequence
(formal) as a result of sth
of little consequence
(formal) not very important or valuable
a conservative estimate
a guess which is deliberately lower than what the real amount probably is
I seriously considered resigning
I almost actually resigned
be considering your position
(formal) be deciding whether or not to leave your job
consider it done
(spoken) used to say yes very willingly when sb asks you to do sth for them
take something into consideration
to remember to think about sth important when you are making a decision or judgement
under construction
being built
contents insurance
insurance for things such as furniture that you have in your house
to be continued
used at the end of part of a story, a television show etc to tell people that the story has not finished yet
the contrary
(formal) the opposite of what has been said or suggested
contrary to popular belief
used to say that sth is true even though people believe the opposite
comparing and contrasting
showing how two things are similar and different
self-control
ability to control their emotions and behaviour
at somebody's convenience
at a time that is best and easiest for sb
at your earliest convenience
(formal) as soon as possible [used in letters]
cook the books
to dishonestly change official records and figures in order to steal money or give people false information
be cooking
(informal) to be being planned in a secret way
smart cookie
(informal) sb who is clever and successful, and knows how to get what they want
that's the way the cookie crumbles
(informal) said when sth bad has happened and you must accept things the way they are, even though you do not want to
cool your heels
to be forced to wait
play it cool
to behave in a calm way because you do not want sb to know that you are really nervous, angry etc
good copy
(informal) interesting news
to the core
extremely or completely
tight corner
a very difficult situation
around the corner
1) near 2) likely to happen soon
cut corners
to save time, money, or energy by doing things quickly and not as carefully as you should
correct me if I'm wrong
(spoken) used when you are not sure that what you are going to say is true or not
cover your costs
to make enough money to pay for the things you have bought
at all costs
whatever happens
don't count your chickens
(spoken) used to say that you should not make plans that depend on sth good happening, because it might not
count your blessings
(spoken) used to tell sb to be grateful for the good things in their life
and counting
(especially spoken) used to say that an amount is continuing to increase
lose count
to forget a number you were calculating or a total you were trying to count
over the counter
drugs, medicines etc that are bought over the counter are ones that you can buy in a shop without a prescription from a doctor
have a cow
(informal) to be very angry or surprised about sth
like crazy
very much or very quickly
the credits
a list of all the people involved in making a film or television programme, which is shown at the beginning or end of it
give somebody the creeps
if a person or place *s you * *, they make you feel nervous and a little frightened, especially because they are strange:
crime doesn't pay
used to say that crime does not give you any advantage, because you will be caught and punished - used when warning people not to get involved in crime
it's a crime
(spoken) said when you think sth is very wrong, and sb should not do it
crocodile tears
if sb sheds * *, they seem sad, sorry, or upset, but they do not really feel this way
cross your mind
if you say that an idea, thought etc never *ed * *, you mean that you did not think of it [= occur to somebody]:
cross your fingers
used to say that you hope sth will happen in the way you want
cry over spilt milk
to waste time feeling sorry about an earlier mistake or problem that cannot be changed
cry for help
sth sb says or does that shows that they are very unhappy and need help
culinary delights
food that tastes very good
not be your cup of tea
(spoken) to not be the type of thing that you like
cut in line
(AE) to unfairly go in front of other people who are waiting to do sth
cut class
(AE - informal) to deliberately not go to a class that you should go to
cut corners
to do sth in a way that saves time, effort, or money, but that also results in it not being done properly
at all costs
whatever happens
count your blessings
(spoken) used to tell sb to be grateful for the good things in their life
lose count
to forget a number you were calculating or a total you were trying to count
over the counter
drugs, medicines etc that are bought over the counter are ones that you can buy in a shop without a prescription from a doctor
on course
going in the right direction
off course
going in the wrong direction
cut the crap
used to tell sb to stop saying things that are completely wrong
like crazy
very much or very quickly
go crazy
to do sth too much, in a way that is not usual or sensible, especially because you are excited
on the credit side
used to talk about the good things about someone or something:
gives you the creeps
if a person or place * * * *, they make you feel nervous and a little frightened, especially because they are strange
crocodile tears
if sb sheds * *, they seem sad, sorry, or upset, but they do not really feel this way
cry over spilt milk
to waste time feeling sorry about an earlier mistake or problem that cannot be changed
cry for help
sth sb says or does that shows that they are very unhappy and need help
not be your cup of tea
(spoken) to not be the type of thing that you like
cut corners
to do sth in a way that saves time, effort, or money, but that also results in it not being done properly
cut it out
(spoken) used to tell sb to stop doing sth because it is annoying you