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Cack handed

Cack handed means left handed but has also come to mean clumsy or awkward simply because left handed people appear so, to right handed people. Cack on...

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A cad is someone who behaves dishonourably or contemptibly dates from the early 19th century. It derives from the word cadet, which in the early 17th...

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A cadenza is a musical term in the form of a spirited musical flourish towards the close of the first or last movement of a concerto. To have a cadenz...

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Cain and Abel

British rhyming slang for ‘table’, Cain and Abel/table, dates from 1857.


British slang for mouth from the early to mid-20th century. Its first appearance in print is c. 1940. The American version is pie-hole.

Cakes and ale

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A cakewalk is any endeavour that can be accomplished easily without any great effort. The expression is American and dates from the 1870s. It has its...

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Call a spade a spade

This expression has been popular in England since the mid-16th century and means to talk bluntly and explicitly, sometimes to the point of rudeness. A...

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Call it a day

Stop an activity or quit something temporarily, originally American, first attested from c. 1840 and now Standard English.

Call it quits

End a dispute or contest and agree that honours are even, originally American, first attested from c. 1890 and now Standard English.

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