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English Idioms and Idiomatic Expressions 

Alphabetical List of Idioms - C, page 9
from:  'clock in/out'   to:  'cold shoulder'

  • clock in / clock out
    • When you clock in or out, you record the time you arrive or leave your job by punching a time clock to show the number of hours you have worked.
      "I'm going to clock out early today. I've got a dental appointment"

  • like clockwork
    • To say that someone or something goes, runs or behaves like clockwork means that everything happens exactly as expected.
      "Meals are always served on time. In their home everything runs like clockwork."

  • close but no cigar
    • This expression refers to an effort to do something which was a good attempt but not quite good enough to succeed.
      "The ball touched the goal post - close but no cigar!"

  • close call
    • If something happens, or is avoided or missed, with very little margin, it is called a close call.
      "She was re-elected as head of the committee by getting just two more votes than her rivals – it was a close call."

  • closed book
    • The expression a closed book is used to describe someone or something difficult to know or understand, or that you know little about.
      "Julia is something of a closed book. I know nothing about her. She’s a very private person - a mystery to me!"
      "Modern art will always be a closed book to me."

  • close shave
    • This term describes a situation where an accident or a disaster nearly happened.
      "I almost hit the child who ran out in front of my car. It was a close shave."

  • close to home
    • If a remark or comment is close to home, it is so true, or it affects you so directly, that you feel uncomfortable.
      "Alan looks embarrassed. Bob's comment must have been close to home."

  • close (or dumb) as an oyster
    • Someone who is asclose (or 'dumb') as an oyster will never reveal something told in confidence, or betray a secret.
      "Sophie will never repeat what you tell her. She's as close as an oyster."

  • cloud cuckoo land
    • This expression refers to an imaginary unrealistic place where everything is perfect and impossible things can happen.
      "Anyone who thinks these measures are going to solve the crisis is living in cloud-cuckoo-land!"

  • on cloud nine
    • A person who is on cloud nine is very happy because something wonderful has happened.
      "When the boss announced my promotion, I was on cloud nine."

  • cloud on the horizon
    • A problem or difficulty that is predictable, or seems likely to arise in the future, is called a cloud on the horizon.
      "They are happily married and for the moment there appear to be no clouds on the horizon."

  • not have a clue
    • If you don't have a clue about something, you don't know anything about it.
      "My wife's grandmother's maiden name? I don't have a clue!"

  • (the) coast is clear
    • To say that the coast is clear means that there is no danger in sight or that nobody can see you.
      "OK. The dog has gone inside. The coast is clear."

  • cog in the machine
    • If you say that someone is a cog in the machine, you mean that, while they are necessary, they only play a small part in an organisation or plan.
      "The police quickly realised that the suspect was just a cog in the machine."

  • cold calls
    • If you make cold calls, you telephone potential customers from a list of people you do not know.
      "In my first job I had to make cold calls using the telephone directory."

  • cold shoulder
    • To give someone the cold shoulder means to deliberately ignore them.
      "After giving my opinion, he gave me the cold shoulder."

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