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Sayings that start with the letter 'C'

Sayings that start with the letter C

Caesar Salad

Call a spade a spade

Call of the wild - The

Camera cannot lie - The

Canting Crew - phrases published in

Can't be overestimated/can't be underestimated

Can't hold a candle to

Can't see the wood for the trees

Canteen culture

Canterbury pace


Carbon footprint


Carey Street - On

Carpe diem

Carry coals to Newcastle

Cart before the horse - Put the

Carte blanche

Cash on the nail

(Ne'er) cast a clout till May be out

Cast the first stone

Cat burglar

Cat got your tongue?

Cat may look at a king - A

Cat out of the bag - Let the

Catbird seat - In the

Catch a crab

Cat's Cradle

Cat's pajamas - The

Caught in a cleft stick

Caught by the short hairs

Caught red-handed

Cement overcoat

Chain is only as strong as its weakest link - A

Chaise lounge

Chalk and cheese

Champ at the bit

Chance would be a fine thing

Change is as good as a rest - A

Channel surfing

Charity begins at home

Charley horse

Charm offensive

Charmed life

Cheap at half the price


Cheek by jowl

Cherchez la femme

Chew the cud

Chicago overcoat

Chick flick

Chickens come home to roost

Children should be seen and not heard

Chinese whispers

Chinless wonder

Chip off the old block

Chip on your shoulder



Chop and change


Chow down

Christmas box - A

Christmas card verses

Clean breast - make a

Cleanliness is next to godliness

Clear blue water

Cleft stick - In a


Climb on the bandwagon

Cloak and dagger


Clog up

Close, but no cigar

Close quarters

Close your eyes and think of England

Cloth ears

Cloud cuckoo land

Cloud nine

Club sandwich

Clue - don't have a

Clutch at straws

Coals to Newcastle - Carry

Coat of many colours

Cobblers - A load of



Cock a snook

Cock and bull story


Cockney rhyming slang

Codswallop - a load of

Cogito ergo sum

Coin a phrase

Cold as any stone

Cold comfort

Cold enough to freeze the balls off a brass monkey

Cold feet

Cold shoulder

Cold turkey

Colder than a witch's t**

Collywobbles - The

Colour up

Come a cropper

Come clean

Come on down

Come to a sticky end

Come up trumps

Come what come may

Comes to the crunch - (When it)

(Coming in) on a wing and a prayer

Common sense

Comparisons are odious

Compassion fatigue

Complete shambles

Concrete overcoat

Cook the books

Cookie cutter

Cool as a cucumber

Cool Britannia

Cop an attitude


Cor blimey

Cordon bleu

Cost an arm and a leg

Cotton on to


Countenance more in sorrow than in anger - A

Counting sheep

Country bumpkin

Course of true love never did run smooth - The

Crack of doom - The


Crapper - The



Crocodile tears

Crop up

Crown jewels

Cry havoc and let slip the dogs of war

Curate's egg

Curiosity killed the cat

Curry favour

Customer is always right - The

Cut and run

Cut of your jib - The

Cut off without a penny

Cut off your nose to spite your face

Cut the mustard

Cut to the chase

Cute as a bug's ear

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