Circle the wagons
(USA) If you circle the wagons, you stop communicating with people who don’t think the same way as you to avoid their
Someone who’s a class act is exceptional in what they do.
Clean as a whistle
If something is as clean as a whistle, it is extremely clean, spotless. It can also be used to mean ‘completely’, though this
meaning is less common nowadays.
Clean bill of health
If something or someone has a clean bill of health, then there’s nothing wrong; everything’s fine.
If you make a clean break, you break away completely from something.
Someone with clean hands, or who keeps their hands clean, is not involved in illegal or immoral activities.
When someone has a clean sheet, they have got no criminal record or problems affecting their reputation. In football
and other sports, a goalkeeper has a clean sheet when let no goals in.
If you start something with a clean slate, then nothing bad from your past is taken into account.
If someone makes a clean sweep, they win absolutely everything in a competition or contest.
Clear as mud
If something is as clear as mud, then it is very confusing and unclear.
If something like a sports match or an election is a cliffhanger, then the result is so close that it cannot be predicted and
will only be known at the very end.
Climb on the bandwagon
When people climb on the bandwagon they do something because it is popular and everyone else is doing it.
Close at hand
If something is close at hand, it is nearby or conveniently located.
Close but no cigar
(USA) If you are close but no cigar, you are close to success, but have not got there.
If the result of something is a close call, it is almost impossible to distinguish between the parties involved and to say
who has won or whatever.
If you have a close shave, you very nearly have a serious accident or get into trouble.
Close the stable door after the horse has bolted
If people try to fix something after the problem has occurred, they are trying to close the stable door after the horse
has bolted. ‘Close the barn door after the horse has bolted’ is alternative, often used in American English.
Close to your heart
If something is close to your heart, you care a lot about it. (‘Dear to your heart’ is an alternative.)
Closed book to me
If a subject is a closed book to you, it is something that you don’t understand or know anything about.
Cloud cuckoo land
If someone has ideas or plans that are completely unrealistic, they are living on cloud cuckoo land.
If you are on cloud nine, you are extremely happy. (‘cloud seven’ is a less common alternative)
Cloud of suspicion
If a cloud of suspicion hangs over an individual, it means that they are not believed or are distrusted.
Cloud on the horizon
If you can see a problem ahead, you can call it a cloud on the horizon.
Clutch at straws
If someone is in serious trouble and tries anything to help them, even though their chances of success are probably nil,
they are clutching at straws.
Coals to Newcastle
(UK) Taking, bringing, or carrying coals to Newcastle is doing something that is completely unnecessary.
Cock and bull story
A cock and bull story is a lie someone tells that is completely unbelievable.
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