Important Idioms & Phrases starting with letter ‘C’

In our series of Important Idioms and Phrases, today we are sharing the important idioms and phrases which start with the letter ‘C’. Go through this post and understand the meaning, Hindi meaning as well as usage of the following important idioms and phrases to score well in English Section of the exams.

Important Idioms, Phrases & Phrasal Verb with Letter ‘C’

1. Cannot stomach someone or something

Meaning – not to be able to put up with someone or something/ not to be able to tolerate or endure someone or something.

Meaning (Hindi) – सहन करने में सक्षम नहीं होना

Example – My sister cannot stomach violent movies.

2. Can of worms

Meaning – A situation that, once started, is likely to become problematic or have a negative outcome.

Meaning (Hindi) – जटिल समस्याओं का पिटारा

Example – Getting involved in the minor border conflict has become a can of worms for the country, with no end to the military engagement in sight.

3. Can’t cut the mustard

Meaning – Someone who isn’t adequate enough to compete or participate 

Meaning (Hindi) – प्रतिस्पर्धा करने या भाग लेने के लिए अयोग्य

Example – The new servant keeps mixing up orders and just can’t cut the mustard. 

4. Can’t see the woods for the trees

Meaning – Cannot see, understand, or focus on a situation in its entirety due to being preoccupied with minor details

Meaning (Hindi) – छोटे छोटे विवरणों के करण पूरी स्थिति ना समझ पाना

Example – The new manager found the situation so complicated that he couldn’t see the wood for the trees.

5. Carried all before one’s

Meaning –  to overcome all obstacles; to have uninterrupted success.

Meaning (Hindi) – सभी बाधाओ से पार पाना

Example –Meaning (Hindi) –  Wherever she addressed public meetings she carried all before her.

6. Carried off his feet

Meaning – to fill with enthusiasm

Meaning (Hindi) – उत्साह से भरना

Example – He was carried off his feet when he was declared to have won the first prize.

7. Carrot and Stick

Meaning –motivational tactic that uses a reward and punishment system to encourage improved performance or behavior.

Meaning (Hindi)-  बेहतर प्रदर्शन को प्रोत्साहित करने के  लिए नाम और सजा प्रणाली

Example – Companies are slowly learning that the carrot and stick approach to management is ineffective, employees are much more motivated to do a better job when they are recognized for their hard work.

8. Carry someone away

Meaning – Fill with emotion

Meaning (Hindi) – भावनाओं के साथ भरना 

Example – The fervour of the speech carried away the whole crowd.

9. Carve out a niche

Meaning – If you carve a niche or carve out a niche for yourself, you create a role or opportunity for yourself,.

Meaning (Hindi) – खुद के लिए  अवसर बनाना

Example –  In today’s competitive market it’s better to carve out a niche and try to become the best in that area.

10. Cash Cow

Meaning – A good way to make money /A business or investment that generates a large or consistent profit.

Meaning (Hindi) –  पैसा बनाने के लिए एक अच्छा तरीका/अति लाभकारी व्यवसाय

Example – When Bob purchased stock in that software company 10 years ago, he never expected it to become such a cash cow.

11. Cast Iron Stomach

Meaning –  The ability to eat foods that others may find unusual, unpalatable, or too spicy

Meaning (Hindi) – बीमार हुए बिना सभी प्रकार की चीजों को खा सकने वाला

Example – Some people have certain likes and dislikes when it comes to food but Sukhdarshan had no problem in any kind of food as he had a Cast Iron Stomach.

12. Cause a stir

Meaning – to create an atmosphere of excitement or great interest.

Meaning (Hindi) – हलचल का माहौल बनाना

Example – The arrival of the actress caused quite a stir in the village.

13. Chapter and Verse

Meaning – In thorough and exact detail/The precise authority backing up a statement or view

Meaning (Hindi) –  पूरा और सटीक विस्तार

Example – The author claims that he has given chapter and verse for every statement made in his book.

14. Chase Rainbows

Meaning – To constantly pursue things that are unrealistic or unlikely to happen.

Meaning (Hindi) – अवास्तविक या ना होने की संभावना वाली चीजों के पीछे भागना 

Example – She’s trying to get into Harvard University but as I know her very closely, I think she’s chasing rainbows.

15. Chew someone out

Meaning – Verbally Scold Someone

Meaning (Hindi) – किसी को ज़ोर से बोलना या डांटना

Example – It is not an easy task to Chew Someone Out when that person happens to be elder than you.

16. Chicken out of something

Meaning –  To refuse to do something due to fear (real or perceived).

Meaning (Hindi) – डर की वजह से कुछ करने के लिए मना करना 

Example – He decided to join a karate class, but chickened out of it at the last minute!

17. Chime in 

Meaning –   To join in a discussion about something; to offer one’s thoughts

Meaning (Hindi) – अपने विचारों की पेशकश करने के लिए चर्चा में शामिल होना

Example – As I explained to the bus driver what had happened, the other passengers chimed in and gave their version.

18. Chop and Change

Meaning – If you chop and change, you constantly change your opinion, plans or methods and often cause confusion. 

Meaning (Hindi) – लगातार अपनी राय बदलना

Example – Don’t chop and change all the time – just make up your mind!

19. Chow Down

Meaning – To eat, often quickly or enthusiastically.

Meaning (Hindi) – लालचीयों की तरह खाना

Example – Gita commented ‘That’s the way to Chow Down’ when she beat all the contestants in a burger eating competition.

20. Close but no cigar

Meaning –  an effort to do something which was a good attempt but not quite good enough to succeed/Fall just short of a successful outcome and get nothing for your efforts.

Meaning (Hindi) – अच्छा प्रयास लेकिन सफल होने के लिए अपर्याप्त प्रयास

Example –  The ball touched the goal post – close but no cigar!

21. Come into one’s own

Meaning – When you come into your own, you receive the credit or recognition you deserve/To reach a new level of maturity, independence, or success

Meaning (Hindi) – अपना प्रभाव दिखाना

Example – She has really come into her own this year. A full-time job, a new apartment—she’s doing great!

22. Cook something up

Meaning – To plan to do something with someone/To devise something/To invent something/Forced, artificial, or contrived.

Meaning (Hindi) –  किसी के साथ कुछ करने की योजना / किसी चीज का आविष्कार करना / कुछ जबरदस्ती, कृत्रिम, या अनुचित।

Example – Sunny cooked up a great story so that Jane wouldn’t know she was on her way to a surprise party for her birthday.

23. Crackdown on something

Meaning – To address or control something more strictly than in the past

Meaning (Hindi) – अतीत की तुलना में अधिक कड़ाई से कुछ नियंत्रित करना 

Example -: To reduce road accidents, it was decided to crack down on speeding.

24. Crack someone up

Meaning – To make someone laugh 

Meaning (Hindi) – किसी को हसाना 

Example – The lecturer would talk along sort of boring like, and then all of a sudden he would crackup everybody with a joke.

25. Cry Off

Meaning – Withdraw/to decide not to do something that you had promised or agreed to do

Meaning (Hindi) – पीछे हटना

Example – Raman invited her to the races and she agreed, but she caught flu and had to cry off at the last minute.

26. Cut to the chase

Meaning –  Leave out all the unnecessary details and just get to the point

Meaning (Hindi) – सभी अनावश्यक विवरण छोड़कर सिर्फ बिंदु पर जाना

Example – Instead of saying all these introductory comments, cut to the chase already and tell what exactly are you trying to ask me?

27. Carry Out

Meaning – to perform or complete a job or activity; to fulfill

Meaning (Hindi) – अंजाम देना

Example – I was elected to carry out a program, the governor said, and I have every intention of carrying it out.

27. Chip In

Meaning – contribute something as one’s share of a joint activity, cost/ To join in a discussion about something; to offer one’s thoughts.

Meaning (Hindi) – योगदान करना

Example –  When I heard them discussing my department, I just had to chip in with my own suggestions.

28. Clam up

Meaning – To suddenly stop talking or refuse to speak, typically due to a particular reason/to say nothing.

Meaning (Hindi) – शांत रहना

Example –  The minute they got him in for questioning, he clammed up.

29. Clamp down on

Meaning – Literally, to press down on something firmly/To limit, reduce, bring under tighter control.

Meaning (Hindi) – नीचे की तरफ दबाना

Example – We really need to clamp down on spending before our department loses funding altogether.

30. Come Apart

Meaning – if an object comes apart, it separates into pieces, either because it has been made that way or because it is very old or in very bad condition

Meaning (Hindi) – टूट जाना

Example – I picked up the book and it just came apart in my hands.

31. Come By

Meaning –  to get something, especially something that is hard to get

Meaning (Hindi) – कुछ मुश्किल पा लेना

Example – Some times ago, teaching jobs abroad were hard to come by.

32. Conk Out

Meaning – to suddenly stop working/ To fall asleep/To faint

Meaning (Hindi) – आराम करना, बंद होना

Example – Judging by all that noise coming from her car, I’m pretty sure it’s about to conk out.

33. Cut Across/through

Meaning –  To move across an area, often as a shortcut/To break through a particular barrier/to reach beyond something; to embrace a wide variety

Meaning (Hindi) –  विस्तृत रूप से फैलना

Example –  The problem cuts across all socioeconomic lines and affects all age groups. 

34. Come Through

Meaning –  to be still alive, working, or making progress after a difficult or dangerous experience

Meaning (Hindi) – निपटने में सफल (एक बीमारी या त्रासदी)

Example – It’s been a very upsetting time but we’ve come through it together.

35. Cut Out

Meaning –  to stop something/ to remove something

Meaning (Hindi) – रोकना/हटाना

Example – With her speed and agility, Cage cut out all her competitors in the hurdle race.

Word of the day: Call

1.Call for 

Meaning – to say publicly that something must happen/ to make something necessary or suitable

Meaning (Hindi) – सार्वजनिक रूप से कुछ मनवाने के लिए अपनी बात कुछ कहना|

Example – Protesters were calling forban on the production of GM foods.

2.Call it a day

Meaning – To stop working, either at one’s job or on a particular task, for the rest of the day/to quit work and go home; to say that a day’s work has been completed.

Meaning (Hindi) – काम करना बंद करना

Example – When we still couldn’t find the source of the discrepancy, we decided to call it a day and revisit it tomorrow.

3.Call at

Meaning –  To stop at a particular location, as of a ship/To visit a particular place.

Meaning (Hindi) – किसी स्थान पर रुकना/जाना

Example – The train calls at Ghaziabad and Kanpur.

4.Call someone off

Meaning – to decide that something will not happen/to decide to stop something that is already happening

Meaning (Hindi) – किसी चलते हुए कार्य को रोकना

Example – With the weather worsening, they’ve called off the match.

6.Call Something up

Meaning –   to telephone someone/to officially make someone become a member of the armed forces, especially in a war

Meaning (Hindi) –  फोन करना / आधिकारिक तौर पर किसी को सशस्त्र बलों के सदस्य बनाना

Example –  Nancy had called up to invite her friend to the Birthday party.

7.Call Someone’s bluff

Meaning – To challenge someone to act on their threat or prove that their claim or boast is true, when one believes they are making a false claim or idle threat/to demand that someone prove a claim or is not being deceptive

Meaning (Hindi) – चुनौती देना

Example – He insisted that he could run faster than me, but when I called his bluff, he suddenly said he had to go home.

8.Call the tune

Meaning – To dictate how a situation or agenda proceeds, as from a position of authority.

Meaning (Hindi) – अधिकार की स्थिति में होना

Example – The Prime Minister is calling the tune in the parliament.

All the best for your exams

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