Cry Me a River

Meaning of Idiom ‘Cry Me a River’ Cry me a river is a sarcastic response to someone who is expressing sadness or complaining and for whom you have no sympathy. Usage Although cry me a river can be used in response to actual crying, tears are not necessary for the idiom to be used. It … Read more

Crocodile Tears

Meaning of Idiom Crocodile Tears Crocodile tears is an insincere or hypocritical display of grief or remorse; pretending to be upset or sorrowful.  Want to see more videos from Idioms.Online? Subscribe to our YouTube channel! Examples of Use “Her courtroom performance was convincing to the jury, especially the crocodile tears over her husband’s death, … Read more

Cry Wolf

Meaning of Idiom ‘Cry Wolf’ To cry wolf means to raise a false alarm; to warn of a danger that doesn’t really exist; to cry for help when you do not actually need help; to complain about something needlessly. 1Ammer, Christine. American Heritage Dictionary of Idioms. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013.,2Jarvie, Gordon. Bloomsbury Dictionary of Idioms]. London: Bloomsbury, … Read more

Cross Someone’s Path

Meaning of Idiom ‘Cross Someone’s Path’ To cross someone’s path is to accidentally encounter them or meet them casually. 1Jarvie, Gordon.  Bloomsbury Dictionary of Idioms. London: Bloomsbury, 2009.,2Ammer, Christine. American Heritage Dictionary of Idioms. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013. Usage When someone crosses your path or you cross paths with someone, then meeting them was … Read more

Cross Your Fingers

Also: Keep your fingers crossed I’ll keep my fingers crossed Had my fingers crossed (white lie) Meaning of Idiom ‘Cross Your (or one’s) Fingers 1. Cross your fingers means to hope for success or good luck. The variant keep your fingers crossed has the same meaning. 2. Based on the same idiom and superstition is … Read more

Crying Shame, a

Meaning of Idiom ‘A Crying Shame’ A crying shame is a very unfortunate situation; a more emphatic way of saying ‘a real shame.’ Usage “Did you hear about all the layoffs? What a crying shame.” “It’s a crying shame Suan’s father died just before her wedding.” Origin Used since at least the first half of the … Read more

Cross the Rubicon

Meaning of Idiom ‘Cross the Rubicon’ To cross the Rubicon means to do something which inevitably forces you to follow a certain course of action; a final important decision or event which causes things to change permanently. 1Kirkpatrick, Elizabeth M. The Wordsworth Dictionary of Idioms. Ware: Wordsworth, 1995.,2Ammer, Christine. American Heritage Dictionary of Idioms. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013.,3Bengelsdorf, … Read more

Cross My (or your) Heart

The full version of this idiom is ‘Cross my heart and hope to die.’ Meaning of Idiom ‘Cross My heart’ Cross my heart is an emphatic pledge that one is telling the truth, sometimes said while using one hand to make an imaginary X over the heart. 1 Ayto, John. Oxford Dictionary of English Idioms. Oxford: Oxford U, … Read more

Crack Up

Meaning of Idiom ‘Crack Up’ 1. To go insane or have an emotional or mental breakdown. Compare Come Apart at the Seams. 2. Cause damage to or wreck a vehicle; to be in a vehicular crash. 3. To laugh heartily or cause someone to laugh. Compare Not All It’s Cracked Up To Be. Usage “Ramos completely cracked … Read more