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English Idioms and Idiomatic Expressions 


Alphabetical List of Idioms C, page 8

Idioms C, page 8:  from:   'as useful as a chocolate teapot'   to:   'clip someone's wings'


  • as useful as a chocolate teapot
    • Something which is of no practical use at all is about as useful as a chocolate teapot.
      "When there are no roads, a car is about as useful as a chocolate teapot."

  • chop and change
    • If you chop and change, you constantly change your opinion, plans or methods and often cause confusion.
      "Don't chop and change all the time - just make up your mind!"

  • Christmas comes but once a year
    • This expression means that Christmas is a time of celebration that only happens once a year, and that we should mark the occasion by being generous to others, especially the less fontunate.
      "I know I spend too much on presents, but Christmas comes but once a year, so let's enjoy it all!"

  • off someone's Christmas list
    • This expression means that you are no longer on friendly terms with someone.
      "I've been (crossed) off her Christmas list since our dog messed up her garden!"

  • can't fight the city hall
    • To say that you can't fight the city hall means that it is useless to try to win a battle against a politician, establishment or bureaucracy in general.
      "Brian decided it was a waste of energy trying to obtain a tax refund - you can't fight the city hall."

  • clap eyes on
    • If you clap eyes on someone or something, you actually see them.
      "I've heard of him but I've never clapped eyes on him."

  • class act
    • To say that someone, for example an athlete or entertainer, is a class act means that they are very good at what they do.
      "Her career is just beginning but she's already a class act."

  • claw one's way back
    • In a situation which has deteriorated, if you claw your way back, you gradually regain your former position through determination, energy and hard work.
      "After a serious accident, the Olympic champion clawed his way back to the top, to the admiration of all."

  • clean bill of health
    • If a person is given a clean bill of health, they have a report or certificate declaring that their health is satisfactory.
      "All candidates for the position must prsent a clean bill of health."

  • clean slate
    • A clean slate is a record of your work or actions that does not show past mistakes and allows you to make a fresh start.
      "He was able to rebuild his life with a clean slate."

  • clean as a whistle
    • Something as clean as a whistle is extremely clean.
      This can also mean that a person's criminal record is clean.
      "Bob spent the afternoon washing and shining his car until it was as clean as a whistle."

  • clear the air
    • If you decide toclear the air, you try to remove the causes of fear, worry or suspicion by talking about the problem openly.
      "The atmosphere had become so unpleasant that he decided it was time to clear the air."

  • clear the way
    • If you clear the way, you allow something to happen by removing what was preventing it.
      "Opening universities to women cleared the way for them to have a career and participate actively in today's society."

  • clinch a deal
    • In a business relationship, if you clinch a deal, you reach agreement on a proposal or offer.
      "Paul's final argument enabled us to clinch the deal."

  • clip someone's wings
    • If you clip someone's wings, you do something to restrict their freedom.
      "Taking away his credit card is a sure way to clip his wings."

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