IELTS Speaking Idioms C

IELTS Speaking Idioms C has essential Idioms For IELTS Speaking start with the letter C. All IELTS Speaking Idioms C explained with examples to help you speak English more natural and confidently and easily achieve your desired band score in the IELTS speaking test.

IELTS Speaking Idioms C

Cut it out!: stop it; stop doing that.

  • That music is really annoying. Cut it out!
  • Would you two cut it out and keep quiet? I’m trying to sleep.

Call it a day: to stop working, to end a job.

  • Mike, let’s call it a day. It’s really late.
  • Time to call it a day, guys. See you tomorrow!

Chil1 out: to relax; to calm down.

  • Chill out! We’ll get there on time!
  • Come on! Let’s sit down and chill out!
  • I think you need to chill out a little bit by watching a movie.

Cut corners: to save money (to do something in the cheapest way).

  • The government cut coiners and put everyone in danger when they built the school with bad materials.
  • Remember that we want only the best, no cutting comers on this job.
  • We have to learn how to cut corners when we have five children to bring up.

Chicken out: to become too frightened/scared to do something.

  • Tom wanted to go skydiving, but he chickened out at the last minute.
  • She chickened out when she saw how deep the water was.
  • He was going to do a parachute jump, but be chickened out at the last second.

To cut class = to play hooky = to ditch class: to deliberately not go to a class when you should be there.

  • This is the second time this week Tom has cut class.
  • If you play hooky again, the teacher will be very angry.

Couch potato: somebody who is lazy and inactive.

  • He is a great couch potato; he can watch TV 24 hours a day.
  • Since Mary lost her job> she has become a couch potato. Cold fish: an unfriendly person.

Cold fish: an unfriendly person.

  • Her father is a real cold fish. I’ve never seen him laugh.
  • Sarah is a cold fish. She rarely talks to her colleagues.

To catch someone red-handed: to capture someone in the act.

  • He was caught red-handed using drugs.
  • The thieves were caught red-handed attempting to break into a house.
  • Count on: to depend on someone to do what you want. She is very busy, don’t count on her assistance.
  • You cannot count on him because he’s too irresponsible.

(to) cut it out: to stop (doing) something.

  • I’m trying to sleep, cut it out, please!
  • The kids were playing games and I told them to cut it out.

Crack of dawn: (a time) very early in the morning.

  • My mom got up at the crack of dawn.
  • You should go to bed early since we have to leave at the crack of dawn tomorrow.

Crocodile tears: tears or crying that are not sincere.

  • She showed her crocodile tears when her stepmother died.
  • Don’t shed crocodile tears over her death.
  • Her crocodile tears fool nobody.

Cost an arm and a leg: to be very expensive.

  • The movie is interesting, but the tickets cost an arm and a leg.
  • The car cost him an arm and a leg.

Catch one’s breath: to rest for a moment after exercise to restore normal breathing.

  • He stopped running and tried to catch his breath.
  • She stopped and placed her hand on his arm to catch her breath.

Come down with: to become ill with a particular illness.

  • She has come down with the flu.
  • He had come down with a cold.

Can’t stand (someone or something): to hate or dislike someone or something very much.

  • She can’t stand to hear her parents arguing.
  • I can’t stand traffic jam in rush hour.


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