Sayings Starting With the Letter ‘C’

We have hundreds of phrases that are waiting to be explored. The sayings starting with ‘C’ are listed below, so check them out and see what there is to learn. Remember, some of these popular sayings can be tapped for further info.

Sayings That Start With ‘C’

Calm Before The Storm
A peaceful period of time that comes before a more difficult period.

Check, Please!
1. A request for a bill.  2. Being in an uncomfortable situation and wanting to leave it.

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Close But No Cigar
Coming close to a successful outcome only to fall short at the end.

Cold Turkey
Quitting a bad habit suddenly.

Crocodile Tears
To express sorrow in an insincere way.

Cry Over Spilled Milk
This expression means that it is useless to worry about things that have already happened and cannot be changed.

Cry Wolf
Someone who repeatedly makes false claims of danger or a problem, eventually causing others to doubt their warnings.

Cup Of Joe
A ‘cup of joe’ is an American nickname for a cup of coffee.

Curiosity Killed The Cat
Typically said to indicate that any further investigation into a situation may lead to harm.

Cut The Mustard
To cut the mustard is to meet a required standard; to meet expectations.

Cut To The Chase
Getting directly to the point, leaving out all of the unnecessary details.

Note: There are more sayings that begin with ‘C’ just ahead. While these sayings may not have their own page, you can still get a grasp of their meaning.

Call It a Day
Ceasing all activity or work for the rest of the day and taking it easy.

Case In Point
Something that well demonstrates the point being made.

Cat Got Your Tongue
Having nothing to say; speechless.

Cat Nap
This common phrase typically refers to a short period of sleep, ranging from 10 to 30 minutes, that is taken during the day.

Catch Red Handed
To be caught in the act of doing something that you are not supposed to be doing.
Similar: Catch in the act

Catch Some Shut-Eye
This phrase means to sleep.
Similar: Catch some z’s, hit the hay

Catch Some Z’s
If someone says they are going to “catch some z’s” it means they are going to bed in order to sleep.
Similar: Catch some shut-eye, hit the hay

Chalk Up
Place blame for what happened on something (e.g., I chalk up the fence falling over to that storm we had yesterday).

Change Of Heart
If you’ve had a “change of heart” about something, your thoughts on it have become different.
Similar: Change your mind

Cherry On Top
Someone might add “please, with a cherry on top” to the end of their statement to be polite, but also to show that they really want the person to accept or to do what was asked.
Similar: Pretty please

Chip Off The Old Block
A person who resembles their parents in some way.

Clean Slate
Getting a fresh start, without the problems that came before.

Clean Sweep
If one sports team “clean sweeps” another team, it means they won soundly against them. It can also mean a flawless victory

Clear As Mud
Something that is confusing or difficult to understand.
Similar: It’s all Greek to me

Cold As Ice
Behaving in a way that shows no concern for another person’s feelings; ruthless.

Cold Feet
Nervous or hesitant about doing something.

Cold Shoulder
If someone gives you the “cold shoulder,” they are intentionally ignoring you.

Come Clean
To tell the truth, admitting something.
Similar: Let the cat out of the bag, spill the beans

Compare Apples To Oranges
Comparing two things that are fundamentally different from each other. The expression implies that such a comparison is flawed because the items have little or nothing in common.

Cool As a Cucumber
Remaining calm even in stressful situations. The phrase describes someone who’s not easily flustered, and they are able to maintain a sense of composure even under difficult circumstances.
Similar: Calm cool and collected

Couch Potato
Someone who spends a lot of time sitting on a couch watching television, or other seated activities. The phrase implies laziness, and it indicates that a person is spending too much time sitting instead of being physically active.

Count Me In
After hearing a plan, someone might say “count me in,” which means they support the idea and/or they want to be a part of it.
Similar: I am down, I am game

Cross That Bridge When We Get There
Deal with a problem when or if it arises.

Curve Ball
When something unexpected happens.

Cut Corners
Taking shortcuts or using suboptimal methods in order to save time, effort, or resources. The expression implies that rushing through a task or using “corner cutting” methods could negatively impact the overall result.

Cut The Cheese
It means to pass gas; fart.