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Crackerjack

First class, state of the art, an American expression dates from 1893 but has links to the very much older meanings of crack, cracking or cracker (see...

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Cracking

see Cracked up to be and also Get cracking


Crank

A bad-tempered or eccentric person dates from the early 19th century derives from an Old English concept (pre-1150) of something that is cranked i.e....

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Crap

The word itself has been in use since the 14th century when it originally meant the husks, residue or dregs, deriving from the Old French crappe meani...

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Crash

A financial crash dates form the early 19th century. Crash as in to gain uninvited entry to a party is from the 1920s. Crash as in to sleep deeply and...

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Crash bang wallop

British exclamation indicating sounds of collision or excitement, which Eric Partridge gives as RAF slang from c. 1939.


Crashing bore

Crashing here is an intensifier meaning absolute or utter in this British colloquialism dating from the early 20th century.


Cream of the crop

The best of anything and cream has been used in this way since the 16th century. It is difficult to pinpoint a date for this expression because cream...

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Cream one’s jeans

Is to experience great delight or excitement, American slang from the 1950s and derives from allusions to semen or vaginal emissions while in a state...

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Cream/creamed

To cream someone is to beat them severely as one would whip cream, an Americanism from the 1970s, has since been adopted in Britain especially in spor...

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Creature comforts

All those things in life that make us, as creatures, comfortable and happy, like a safe, cosy home, good food, warmth, hot water for bathing etc. Merr...

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Crikey

Crikey is a common exclamation of surprise and is a contraction of the much older expression Christ the King which dates from The Middle Ages.


Criss-cross

The modern, everyday meaning describes anything that is marked by intersections or transverse patterns and is a corruption of Christ-cross which descr...

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Critter

An animal, person or any creature, US and Canadian slang since the early 19th century derives from a corruption of the word creature to critter.


Crock

The full expression is crock of shit but the abbreviation crock is generally more acceptable in public media. It is American in origin and dates from...

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