They company took a calculated risk when they expanded their operations in Asia.
Fred always tells you what he thinks, he calls a spade a spade.
It's already 7:30, lets call it quits for the day and go home.
call of nature
Can we find a bathroom, I feel the call of nature.
The baseball game was called off because of the rain.
I have to call on several customers when I'm in Taipei.
I was quiet in class so the teacher called on me to answer questions.
call someone's bluff
I didn't believe my bosses threat so I decided to call his bluff and subsequently lost my job!!
call the shots
He is now calling the shots and is in control of the company.
She said that she would call up her boy friends on the weekend.
Deep breathing, taking a hot bath & massage are good ways to calm down.
The benefits of her exercise were cancelled out by her terrible eating habits.
can of worms
The lawsuit opened up a can of worms for the company.
can't see the forest for the trees
He has no real understanding of most problems as he always fails to see the forest for the trees.
card up one's sleeve
I think that he has a card up his sleeve and will be able to help us later.
(in) care of someone
I sent the parcel to her in care of her friend at the university.
carrot and stick
The trade negotiators took a carrot and stick approach to the automobile talks.
(get) carried away
I got a carried away and began to yell at her for losing my textbook.
I'm sorry for interrupting you, please carry on with your work.
carry (something) out
The move to the new headquarters was carried out with a minimum of problems.
We plan to carry over the summer swimwear until next year.
The vice-president was forced to carry the ball while the president was away.
His fine performance in our company carried the day for us.
He has been carrying the torch for the candidate for a long time.
The company carried through with their plan to layoff 300 workers.
What he just said was a case in point about what I have been saying all year.
His new business is a great cash cow. I think that he is really making a lot of money.
We decided to cash in the coupons because we needed some money.
The small town cashed in on their success with the winter Olympics.
He was the one to cast the first stone and now he is having a major fight with his neighbor.
We lost our stereo when a cat burglar entered our apartment.
I think that the cat has got her tongue. She hasn`t said anything at all since the meeting started.
It was a catch-22 situation where if I went to work there would be problems but if I didn't go to work there would be more problems.
I caught a cold because of the rain and the cold weather.
It was difficult to catch on at first but finally I was able to understand the math problem.
Recently ballroom dancing has begun to catch on among many people.
After running from the station it took a moment to catch my breath.
I tried to catch her eye but she didn't notice me.
He caught the boy red-handed when he was stealing the candy.
I think it's too late to catch up with the rest of the class now.
I was caught short last week and couldn't pay the weekly food bill.
The company finally caved in to the union's demand for more money.
The basketball team chalked up 3 wins last week.
They decided to change horses in midstream and that is probably why they lost the election.
She had a change of heart and decided to let her child go to the circus.
He changed his mind and said that he would not go to the movie tonight.
He has begun to change his tune recently and is beginning to agree that we need to do things a little differently.
He is in charge of selling tickets for the school dance.
He recently began cheating on his wife which was the main cause of their divorce.
chew the fat
I haven't seen you for a while, let's for for a coffee and chew the fat.
chew out (someone)
The teacher chewed out the student for talking in class.
What he sold his car for was chicken feed compared to the amount of money that he has in the bank.
He chickened out of jumping into the lake from the high diving board.
chickens come home to roost
Her chickens have finally come home to roost and she must now take responsibility for what she has done.
We all chipped in and bought our father a present.
chip off the old block
His son is a chip off the old block and acts exactly like his father.
(when the) chips are down
When the chips were down he went to his father for advice and received his encouragement.
She clammed up as soon as her boyfriend entered the room.
clean bill of health
The astronaut was given a clean bill of health before he began training.
He started off with a clean slate and has never caused any problems for the company.
We had a big argument so I think it is time to clear the air.
They finally cleared up the problem that I was having with my salary at work.
The playoff game was a cliffhanger and one of the most enjoyable games of the year.
She began to climb the wall after only a few days at her new job.
They decided to clip his wings and took away his expense account.
I had a close call this morning when the truck almost hit me.
They decided to close ranks and stop arguing among themselves
What I said about her work habits must have hit close to home as she seemed to become very quiet suddenly.
When the coast was clear we decided to enter the building.
The cold snap lasted for five days.
Although she was able to stop using drugs cold turkey she was very sick for awhile.
I came across an interesting story in the newspaper the other day.
Come again. I didn`t hear you the first time.
She finally came alive and began to enjoy the party.
The work on our new house is coming along very well at the moment.
He has come a long way and has learned many things about his new company.
She came back from her holidays last week.
I can`t remember clearly the events of last year but slowly everything is coming back to me.
Recently bell-bottom pants have come back into fashion.
His constant interfering finally came between his brother and his wife.
She came by a lot of money recently and is now enjoying her life.
The president of the company was forced to come clean and tell what really happened to the business.
Her new job was a real come-down from her last one so she was not very happy.
The police have been coming down very hard on drunk drivers recently.
He has finally come down to earth and is preparing seriously to look for a job.
Her mother came down with a cold so was unable to attend the dinner.
Several of the students in the class come from Mexico.
They have come full circle since the new president started at the university.
Come hell or high water I plan to go to the concert next week.
I think that the small hammer will come in handy to fix the desk.
They came into a lot of money which they donated to charity.
She says that although bell-bottom pants have come into fashion again she will never wear them.
He has really come into his own as a basketball player since he changed positions.
The party came off without any problems so everyone was very happy.
He came on too strong during the job interview and was unable to get the job.
The child has recently come out with many strange and funny expressions.
At first I disliked her a lot but recently I have come to accept her.
She came to a couple of hours after the accident.
They almost came to blows when they were trying to fix the car.
He has recently come to much grief because of his son`s problems with the police.
She has finally been able to come to grips with her husband`s drinking.
It has recently come to light that the company has lost millions of dollars.
All his efforts to help his sister find a job came to nothing.
He finally came to his senses and decided to buy a cheaper car rather than borrow a lot of money for an expensive one.
It came to pass that the company was never able to recover from their financial problems.
We came to terms with the bank and were able to buy the house.
His speech was interesting but he never really came to the point.
Please try to come up with a name for the new magazine.
As soon as we returned from the hike I conked out in front of the TV.
She really cooked her own goose and has no chance of getting the new job.
I don`t know what kind of plan she is cooking up now but it should be quite interesting.
She was as cool as a cucumber when her canoe turned over in the river.
He was forced to cop a plea when the evidence against him became too strong to dispute.
He copped out from our plan to go to to the beach for the day.
The little boy was accused of being a copycat by the other children.
He finally coughed up enough money to pay for the accident.
You can never count on him to do anything right.
Don`t count your chickens before they`re hatched. You`re spending your money and you don`t even have a job yet.
Please count me out of your plans to go skiing for the weekend.
He was trying to cover his tracks but it was easy to see where he had recently been.
They tried to cover up the facts regarding the illegal election campaign funds.
I don`t know what he wants but recently he has been trying to cozy up to me.
He was a lot of fun at the party because he was always cracking jokes.
He never cracked a smile during the whole meeting.
The school principal decided to crack down on people running in the halls.
We got up at the crack of dawn to go fishing.
He is a total crackpot and you never know what he will do next.
We had to crack the whip in order to get the job finished by the weekend.
He decided to buy the stereo with his credit card.
I cracked up when he started talking about the incident with the taxi driver. He cracked up when he found out I had been seeing his girlfriend while he was away on holidays.
Having a girl as a friend when I go on the chase cramps my style.
Many people couldn't get a ticket for the sold out concert so they decided to crash the gate.
When a company hires new employees they always look for the cream of the crop.
I get the creeps every time I see a black cat.
The thief crept up on the elderly women at the supermarket...Or, my bills just keep creeping up on me!
He said that he was very sorry but it didn't seem genuine. His tears were just crocodile tears.
I will pay you the money I owe you early next week unless something crops up that empties my wallet.
Don't worry about any problems we may have living together. We can cross that bridge if & when we come to it.
I promise that I will never cheat on you again ..."I love only you baby", cross my heart and hope to die.
It just crossed my mind that I would be better off financially if I gave up drugs!
Please cross out that amount and put in the correct amount.
Teaching English in Taiwan against my will is the cross I have to bear.
The new room that he built cries out for a new set of furniture.
there's no use crying over spilt milk. What's done is done. You can never change the past.
He finally had to cry uncle when the other wrestler pinned him to the mat.
He has been crying wolf for years about various things and now nobody believes him.
It's not really my cup of tea, so I think I wont be watching the ice skating tonight.
Don't keep asking so many questions. Remember curiosity killed the cat.
He has been working hard to curry favor with the other members of the committee, so they will vote his way.
We decided to cut across the field because we were in a hurry to get to school.
According to media reports the coming war with Iraq looks to be cut and dried.
I was continually getting sick, so I had to cut back on my smoking.
Friendship & relationships are not one sided, they cut both ways.
We will have to cut corners in order to save money for our house.
Recently he has cut down on his drinking in order to start his new health program.
I was able to cut him down to size when I criticized what he said at the meeting.
I tried to tell him about the accident but he cut me off before I had a chance.
He was depressed because he was poor, so he went to the pub every night to drown his sorrows.
The children were fooling around, co the angry teacher told them to cut it out.
He doesn't cut the mustard and will never be able to work here.
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