Phrasal-Adjectives – Letter C

–  Adjectival Phrases – Letter C  –


(to be) A Piece Of Cake – This is an idiomatic adjectival phrase which is also a “metaphor”, and is used to describe some action as being easy; not difficult – (as most people do not find it difficult to eat a piece of cake.)…  “Flying an airplane is *a piece of cake*.  The hard part is taking off and landing safely.”  –  (See Also: “As Simple As Pie”)

(to be) As Cool As A Cucumber – This is an idiomatic adjectival phrase which is also a “Simile”, and is used to say that someone is really “cool” (as in the slang term.)  This just comes from the fact that cucumbers, even though growing in the hot sun are still cool inside and give the same effect when eating them or adding a slice to some water.  Because of this, there is the added element that the person that this phrase describes is able to remain cool, even under pressure (like the baking sun.)…  “The pressure was on when the share-holders started to ask a bunch of questions, but Joanne was *as cool as a cucumber* and handled the situation perfectly.”

(to be) Chocked-Full – See:  Phrasal Adjectives – Letter “F”, for “Full”

(to be) Commercially Viable – See: Phrasal Adjectives – Letter “V”, for “Viable”

  • (to be) Cutting Edge – This is an Idiomatic Phrasal Adjective which is usually used to describe things such as some piece of technology or a process for doing something (usually in business or industry).  It describes something which is not only new, but is a great advancement on previously know products, or processes…

“When the on-line book-seller released it’s Kindle ebook, it’s “e-ink” technology was cutting edge as it did not utilize any light and provided an almost book-like experience on an electrical device.”

  • (to be) Like Chalk And Cheese – This is an Idiomatic Adjectival Phrase which is almost exclusively used in British-English – used to compare two things (usually people) who/which just don’t belong together, are a strange mix, or don’t seem to make sense or work well together…   –  (See also :  (to be) Like Oil and Water”)

“Everyone seemed to think that Angelina Jolie and Billy-Bob Thornton were like chalk and cheese, but I think that she loved him more than she will ever Love Brad Pitt.”

(to be) Pre-Cooked – This is the term for food that has been previously cooked and then packaged and/or frozen to be prepared later…  Examples of *pre-cooked* meals or food are: frozen microwavable dinners, canned spaghetti (kid’s food) and canned soup.

(to be) Cutting Edge – See:  Phrasal Adjectives – Letter “E”, for “Edge”


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