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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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Crocodile tears

Represent an insincere show of sorrow or remorse and derive from the ancient and erroneous belief that crocodiles weep before devouring their prey. Cr...

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Crony

This familiar colloquialism dates from 1663 according to the OED and was first recorded as chrony. It was originally Cambridge University slang for an...

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Cropper

see Come a cropper


Cross bridges when you come to them

see Crossing bridges


Cross one’s heart (and hope to die)

There is a strong feeling that the habit of crossing one’s heart goes a long way back in time and is connected to the old religious practice of making...

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Cross swords with

Since time immemorial, a violent argument might have ended in real swordplay, but even as a figurative expression where to have words with someone was...

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Crossing bridges when you come to them

A strange proverb in that one cannot cross a bridge until one comes to it, however, crossing a bridge here is a metaphor for dealing with a problem or...

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Crossing fingers

see Fingers crossed


Crossing the Rubicon

One is deemed to have crossed the Rubicon when one makes a decision in life that cannot be reversed. When Julius Caesar crossed the river Rubicon in 4...

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Crosspatch

An ill-tempered person, usually a child, and derives from the 16th century when patch was colloquial for a fool or dunderhead.


Crotchety

Meaning bad-tempered dates from the early 19th century and derives from the word crotchet which dates from the 1400s and is a diminutive of the French...

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Crow road

see As the crow flies


Crown jewels

Slang for male genitalia since the 1970s. First recorded in America but is generally widespread throughout the English-speaking world. See also Family...

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