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Couldn’t give a monkey’s

see Not give a monkey’s

Couldn’t give a toss

see Toss

Count me in/out

‘Count me in’ or ‘count me out’ are exhortations to include or exclude the speaker from some endeavour or other and are first cited in America from th...

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Count your blessings

This is an everyday saying taken very much for granted these days, but it was coined in a hymn entitled Count Your Blessings by an American, Johnson O...

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Counting chickens

Don’t count your chickens before they are hatched is one of the world’s oldest proverbs meaning do not rely on projected outcomes until they materiali...

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Country mile

An indeterminate distance of certainly more than a measured mile, a very long way, derives from the propensity of country people to underestimate dist...

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Cover/watch your arse/ass

Be prepared, be careful, early 20th century version (probably only because arse/ass has finally been allowed in print) of the very much older watch yo...

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Cow corner

That part of a cricket field between deep mid-wicket and long on, date of origin unknown. There are two theories about its origin. The first one is th...

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To describe someone as a cowboy, particularly in a business context, has become derogatory and describes reckless, unprofessional attitudes and behavi...

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Cows come home

See Until the cows come home

Coyote ugly/date

Coyote ugly is an American slang expression that dates from the early 1980s meaning very ugly. A coyote date refers to an unattractive one-night stand...

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Crack a few beers/bottle of wine etc

This use of crack as in to consume the contents thereof dates from the 1500s. Shakespeare used it in Henry IV Part II, Act V, Scene III, “By the mass,...

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Crack a joke

This use of crack as in to deliver a joke briskly or with éclat dates from the 1400s.

Crack of dawn

The thin wedge of light as the day breaks or cracks was first cited as the crack of day or the crack of dawn in America during the late 19th century....

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Cracked up to be

The expression that something or someone is not what they are cracked up to be sounds like modern, informal language but the surprise is that it is ne...

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