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Cookie crumbles

Slang term, origin unknown from the 1920's in America. Used to underline a failure of an action, or dissapointment in reaching an undesired result, wi...

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Cookie jar

Cookie jar is American for biscuit barrel. To be caught with one’s hands in the cookie jar is to be caught red-handed doing something wrong, especiall...

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Cooking/cooking with gas

The complete expression that is still sometimes heard is, “Now you’re cooking with gas” which dates from the early 20th century. It means making advan...

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Cool

As a general term of approbation dates from the 1930s, deriving from black American jazz slang and is still very much in use today. Cool meaning calml...

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Cool as a cucumber

The expression, cool as a cucumber, describing someone as calm and unruffled has been around since the 18th century. Cut cucumbers are indeed cool to...

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Cool fish

see Cool


Cool one’s heels

To cool one’s heels is to be kept waiting, usually beyond the bounds of accepted courtesy. The original literal meaning was to cool or rest one’s feet...

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Cool, calm and collected

This has been a popular cliché since the late 19th century according to the OED, which gives a first citation for 1885 when it appeared in a law journ...

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Coon

Offensive, Southern States American slang for a black person dates from the early 19th century from an abbreviation of raccoon, a black-faced animal p...

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Cop-out

An act of reneging or avoiding the issue, an American expression dates from c.1940. See also Cop/copper.


Cop/copper/cop it

Cop is an abbreviation of copper, slang for a police officer, which dates from the mid-19th century. Copper, as in police officer, derives from the di...

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Copy/Copy that

Copy as in written text for a manuscript, article or an advertisement dates from the late 15th century as does its alternative sense to replicate or i...

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Copybook

Copybook, an adjective meaning as is expected or in accordance with set rules, dates from the mid-1600s and derives from school copybooks where correc...

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Cor blimey

see Blimey


Corker

British slang for something that settles or closes an argument or discussion, from the allsion to closing or corking a bottle. A corker, as in 'an abs...

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