C

calling the shots see also Top Guns and Big Shots
campaign, promises of chicken
Campaign...Champion...Champagne
can (as in lavatory)
Can You Dig This?
canary, singing like a see also Birds of a Feather, A Little Birdie Told Me...Birdbrain, What's Eating You?, Teeing Off, Albatross around one's neck, Something to Crow About, Talking Turkey, Cold Turkey, and Feathers in Caps...Panache &Canceling X Ratings
Candidates with Succinct Candorcandor
Canis Major (the dog star constellation) see also A Star's Itinerary, Star Wars, and Thank Your Lucky Stars
cap, feather in see also Birds of a Feather
Capital Punishment
capitalism see also The Wealthy Commonwealth
cappuchino
capricious
captain
captive and cap
car, four-by-four command reconnaissance (jeep)
cardiac
cardigan
Cardinal Georges d'Amboise
Cardinal Sins
cards, holding close to chest
Care
Careers...Ambition...Rat Racescarefree or careful
Carlson, Chestor (Xerox)
carpets, rolling out red
carrying the torch
cars, sports
Casanova
Cash Cows...Fees...Pecuniary Matters
cash in your chips
cash on the barrelhead/spot
cast, the die is
casting ones ballot
casual
cat out of the bag, letting thesee also Raining Pet Peeves
cats and dogs, raining see also The Cat's Pajamas and the Bees Knees,A Dog's Life...Three Dog Night,Letting Our Hair Down...Hair of the Dog, and Putting On...The Lap Dog
cat's meow, the
Cat's Pajamas and the Bees Knees, The see also Raining Pet Peevescats, fat see also The Cat's Pajamas and the Bees Knees,Bohemian Beats and Hippies,and Raining Pet Peeves
caught flat-footed
Caxton, William (the ghost)
Cedric Gibbons, MGM Art Director (doodled Oscar)
celluloid cuff for bookkeepingcent, not worth a red
cesspool, emptying of a (derogatory Irish term)
Ceyx and Acolus
chagrin
Chagrined, Roughshod, Hands Downchain, grocery
chain, pulling your
chalk, walk the
champagne
champion, changes in meaning ofchance, fat
chancel
chances
Characters
charisma
Charity and Welfare
charlatans
charming
chary
chase, cut to the
Chauvinists et al
cheap thrills
cheating (selling smoke)
Checker cabs
cheeses, the big
chest, holding cards close to
Chester Carlson (Xerox)
Chewing the Fat...Bites & Ruminating
chick (euphemisms for woman) seealso Call Me Madam, Woman, and Breadstuffs, Lords, Ladies, and Duffs
Chicken Hearted/Livered...In Every Pot
chicken in every pot
chickenfeed
chieftain
chintzy
chippie (euphemisms for woman)see also Call Me Madam, Woman, and Breadstuffs, Lords, Ladies, and Duffs
chips (french fries)
Chips Falling Where They May
chiromancy
chiropractors
choleric temper see also Temper, Temper and Testing One's Mettle
Choosy see also Bite the Bullet
chords, striking
cigar
cigarillos and cigarettes seealso Close, But No Cigar
cinch, lead-pipe
Cincinnati Redstockings, first professional baseball team
circumlocution (gobbledygook)circumstance
City Living
City, Fat
clam, happy as a
class act, a
classes
classical
classics
classified
clean bill of health see alsoHolistic Health
clean hands
cleaning up your act
cleanliness (neat)
clear grit see also Jack Armstrong, Grit, and Gung-Hoclergy, without the benefit ofcliché
Close Shave, A
Close, But No Cigar see also Coffin Nails and Compunction
Cloth de Nîmes and denims
cloth, cut out of whole
Clotheshorse Dresses Up, The
Cloud Nine and Seventh Heavenclub sandwich
cobwebs (derogatory Irish term)Coca Cola, evolution of
cock and bull
cock of the walk
cock or gentlemen fowl (obscenities)
cockfight (Battle Royal)
cockles, warming the
cockney hams
coffee, anyone?
Coffin Nails and Compunction
Cohan, George M. (Yankee Doodle Dandy)
cohort
coincidence
cojones (slang)
cola wars
cold as charity
cold fish see also Fish to Fry
Cold Shoulders, Snubs, and SnobsCold Turkey see also Birds of a Feather, A Little Birdie Told Me...Birdbrain,What's Eating You?, Teeing Off, Albatross around one's neck, Stool Pigeons...Sing Like a Canary,Something to Crow About, Talking Turkey, and Feathers in Caps...Panache & Pennants
Cold War and the Evil Empire, Thecold water, pour see also Treading Water, Watergating, Fishy Matters, Fish to Fry, and The Cat's Pajamas and the Bees Kneescold, that's
color me gone
colors see also Seeing Red Carpets
colossal
Columbus and His Potential
combats and arenas
comfort, changes in meaning ofcommunal whipping of women
community
Companions...Friends...FreedomCompany of Barbers and Surgeonssee also Surgeons and ChiropractorsCompany of Grocers
compunction
concise
concoction
condolences
Conestoga wagons (stogies)
confetti, Irish
confidante (right hand man)
confine
confusion
congenial
conjecture
consecutive
consensus
consequences
consequential
conservatives (right wing)
consideration see also Thank Your Lucky Stars
constructive
construe
consume
consummate, meaning of
contained and content
content
Contented & Comfortable Bugs in a Rug
contention, bones of see alsoShake, Rattle, and Roll
contraction
contractual relationship
conversation
conviction
Cook, Thomas (Cook's tours)
cooked someone's goose
cookie crumbles, that's the way theCooking Up a Story see also Monkeywrenches and Kiboshes
Cooking Up a Story see also Wild Goose Chase...Cook One's Goosecool as cucumber
cool, blowing your
cool, changes in meaning of
cop and copper (slang for American policeman)
cop-out
Cop-Outs
copping a duck
copping a plea or feel
cordial
core
Core Matters and Bleeding Heartssee also Pour Favor
cork, blowing your
corn crackers
corner grocery, year of origin
corners, cutting
corrupting substances (adultery)couch potato
courage
courage, screwing up
course
court jesters, fools
courtesy
couture, haute
Coverdale's Bug Bible
cow see also Cash Cows...Fees...Pecuniary Mattersand Gibberish...Bosh...Bushwa
Cowper, William (gone whole hog?)cracker state (Georgia)
cranking the bow
cravat
creek, up a
crème de la crème
crewcut (puritanical)
criminal conversation
criminal decoy (stool pigeon)criss-crossed
Croatian cravats
crocodile tears
Crocodile Tears, See You Later Alligator
cross purposes, at
crossbow idiom
crossing the Rubicon
Crossroads, The
crow about see also Birds of a Feather, A Little Birdie Told Me...Birdbrain,What's Eating You?, Teeing Off, Albatross around one's neck, Stool Pigeons...Sing Like a Canary,Talking Turkey, Cold Turkey, and Feathers in Caps...Panache & Pennants
crow flies, as the
crow's nest
crucial
crux of the matter
crying crocodile tears
crying out loud, for
Cuckoo Land
cucumber, as cool as
cud, chewing the
cuff, putting it on the
cuisine, haute
culprit
cult
cultivate
culture
Cummings, Candy (Brooklyn Excelsiors)
cup of coffee?
currency (buck) see also Little Currency
curriculum
currying favor
curtain, draw the
curveballs, throwing
Customers...Consumers
cut above, a
cut and run, nautical origins ofcut below, a
cut it
cut out of whole cloth
cut the mustard
cut to the quick
cutie (euphemisms for woman) seealso Call Me Madam, Woman, and Breadstuffs, Lords, Ladies, and Duffs
cutting corners
cutting to the bone see also Tensions...Bones of Contention
Cutting to the Chase
Cutting Up
cynics