Phrasal-Verbs – Letter C

–  Phrasal-Verbs & Verb Phrases – Letter C  –


  • (to) Call A Meeting – This verb phrase means:  To be the one who decides to have a meeting, to schedule it and contact the people who will be involved.  The person who calls the meeting then, is usually the one who is responsible for it…

“The boss has called a meeting to discuss the plans for the 50th Anniversary Event coming up next month.”

  • (to) Call A Spade A Spade – This is an idiomatic phrase which dates back to ancient times, and means:  To speak honestly and directly without worrying about causing an uncomfortable situation (as speaking the Truth often does.)

  • (to) Call It A Day – This is an idiomatic phrasal verb which is used to describe when someone or a group of people make the decision to finish the work for the day regardless of what time it may be.  This is usually used for specific “short-term” projects wherein:  the work is great, there is no set schedule, the tasks may change at any time, there has been a great deal of work done so far and it is not exactly clear how long it will take to get to the next stopping point, or that the next logical stopping point is too “far” away or would entail too much additional work to add to what has already been done so far…

“Well, it may seem that we haven’t gotten much done, but preparation and organization it 90% of the work.  We have a big day ahead of us tomorrow, so let’s clean up a bit and *call it a day*.  Beers are on me.”

  • (to) Chase The Buzz – This is an idiomatic verb phrase which comes from the world of drug addiction.  The word Buzz is a slang word which refers to the specific feeling that one gets on whatever drug they are doing.  And the idea of chasing it comes from the concept that as one does the drug more, then the person will build up a tolerance to the drug and will need ever more and more of it to achieve the same state that he or she got from it in the beginning of his or her usage but never actually “catches” that feeling again, so they continue to “chase” it.  Now the phrase is used to refer to chasing the buzz from any kind of activity, such as trying ever more dangerous sports to get a better adrenaline “rush” (buzz)

  • (to) Chat – This is a phrasal verb which describes talking about generally non-important things with another:  Weather, Work, TV, Etc….

“I called my best friend last night and we chatted for hours about our time at school.”

  • (to) Close The Deal – This is a phrasal verb which means:  To finish a business transaction; to “make the sale”; to get a “yes” on a proposal.  This term is used to talk about getting the other parties in a negotiation to move from the contemplation phase into making a final decision…

“We’ve discussed the situation thoroughly.  It’s time to finally close the deal, otherwise we may never get the project moving.”

(Please note that this phrase can also be used to suggest that a man got a girl [who he was flirting with] to have sex with him)

  • Cold-Calling – In the Continuous or Progressive form, this is a phrasal verb which describes the act of calling people (for the sake of business marketing) when the person being called is not known to the one making the call.  Basically it is an un-invited phone call…

Cold-Calling is the reason why most do not like tele-marketers.  Who wants to be interrupted in their home by someone they don’t know about buying something that they don’t need?”

  • (to) Come Home – This is a phrasal verb that is often used as an interjection and would be something that a person who is already at home would say to another person who also lives their when the person using the phrase wants the other one to also be there.  Or the person who is not there can say this in the continuous tense to express that he or she is making the journey home presently or in the near future…

“…You need to come home, I miss you like crazy!…”  /  “…Don’t worry, I’m coming home now, I’ll be there soon…”

  • (to) Cover (one’s) Bases – This is an idiomatic verb phrase which means to ensure that every possible contingency in a situation (all the things that need to be planned, thought of, prepared, etc.) – and is usually used in reference to a situation wherein things could probably go wrong…  So to cover one’s bases (or to “cover all of one’s bases”) means that one has ensured that if some potential problem arises, then one is prepared for it.

  • (to) Crack The Whip – This is a phrase which comes out of slavery an oppression.  And not just the slavery of blacks in America but in any land where-in slavery was practiced (which at some point in history, was everywhere on the planet.)  This phrase refers to when the oppressor would whip the slaves or prisoners to both punish them and to get them to do something…  –  (See Also :  (To) Crack Down On “(Something))

“You’re really going to have to crack the whip if you want that kid to make something of himself.  I’ve never seen a more lazy and un-motivated person in my life!”

  • (to) Cross a Border (with someone) – This is a phrasal verb which figuratively means:  To go “too far”; to do or say something that goes beyond what is acceptable behavior with some particular person or group…

“When my boss told me that I have a nice butt, he really crossed a border with me.  I’m seriously contemplating suing him for sexual harassment!”

  • (to) CutAnd-Run – This idiomatic verb phrase is used to mean:  To leave, abandon, quit something or someplace very quickly…

“I wish that I could have stayed at the party longer, but when my ex-girlfriend showed up, I had to cut and run.”

  • (to) Cut Corners – This is a phrasal verb which means to do something in a way wherein one is skipping mistakenly assumed unimportant things in an effort to save time.  This almost always ends up being a bad idea, because the end result is almost always unsatisfactory…  This is why we have the saying:  “Haste Makes Waste”

  • (to) Cut Costs – This is an idiomatic verb phrase which means to reduce (“cut”) expenses (“costs”) in order to control the amount of spending that a person, group or organization does…

“The company said that they had to cut costs, but I didn’t think that meant that they would fire all the people who have been the most dedicated to their job and replace them with cheap labor.”

  • (to) Cut The Bullshit – This phrase is very similar to: “(to) cut through the bullshit” – however, whereas to cut through the bullshit is more focused on get past all the unnecessary “bullshit” – this phrase is usually used as a command and an interjection

“Alright, cut the bullshit!!!  I’m sick of the petty arguing about things that don’t matter in the least!  Let’s focus on what needs to be done and actually get something done for once!”

  • (to) Cut The Chatter – This is a phrasal verb that is often used as an interjection which means:

“stop all the unnecessary talking that is not directly related to the situation at hand at the moment”

…but in actuality, it is used to mean:

“Shut The Hell Up!  You Are Disrupting The (whatever)”.

  • (to) Keep (One’s) Cool – This is an Idiomatic Phrasal-Verb which is also often used as an Interjection, and means:  To remain calm/composed/in control – in a situation where-in the person is experiencing some aggravation/tension/stress…   –  (See Also :  (to) Lose (One’s) Cool”)

“The sign of a true statesman is to keep his cool, even when faced with absolutely terrible disgusting liars who are only concerned with their own power and not in the people that they are supposed to represent.

  • (to) Lose (One’s) Cool – This is an Idiomatic Phrasal-Verb which is used to describe when someone becomes so angry/confused/agitated/etc. that One “loses” his or her composure/control/temper/etc..  We say this because we also use the words “Hot” and “Cool” to describe how a person reacts under pressure…

“When people lie to your face and treat you with the utter dis-respect of thinking that you will actually believe the bullshit that comes out of their mouths, it is important not to lose your cool.  It is they who have to live with themselves.  You only have to deal with them in that moment.” 😉

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