Curtains for Someone (or Something)

Also: It’s curtains This idiom is one of many theatrical idioms such as break a leg or to be in the limelight. In the theater, curtains can refer to the physical drapery or fabric used to conceal all or part of the stage from the audience, or it can refer to the other aspects of the … Read more

Cut and Run

Meaning of Idiom ‘Cut and Run’ To cut and run means to depart suddenly or quickly to avoid an awkward or dangerous situation; to run away as quickly as possible. 1Ayto, John. Oxford Dictionary of English Idioms. Oxford: Oxford U, 2010.,2Bengelsdorf, Peter. Idioms in the News – 1,000 Phrases, Real Examples. N.p.: Amz Digital Services, 2012. Examples Of … Read more

Curiosity Killed the Cat

Meaning of Idiom ‘Curiosity Killed the Cat’ Curiosity killed the cat is used to express the idea that showing too much interest in the affairs of other people can get you in trouble, or even be dangerous. 1Ayto, John. Oxford Dictionary of English Idioms. Oxford: Oxford U, 2010.,2Kirkpatrick, Elizabeth M. The Wordsworth Dictionary of Idioms]. Ware: Wordsworth, 1995. … Read more

Cut Out of Whole Cloth

Also: Made out of Whole Cloth Used as an idiom since the 1800’s. Meaning of ‘Cut out of Whole Cloth’ Idiom When something is cut out of whole cloth it is completely made up or invented. In other words, this idiom refers to total fabrication or complete fiction. Usage Often used as “made out of whole cloth” … Read more

Cut Corners

Meaning of Idiom ‘Cut Corners’ To cut corners is to do something in the quickest, cheapest, or easiest way, using less effort, money, time, or resources than necessary so that the end result is low quality or perhaps, illegal.  Want to see more videos from Idioms.Online? Subscribe to our YouTube channel! Usage When someone is cutting corners it … Read more

Cut And Dried

Meaning of Idiom ‘Cut and Dried’ When something is cut and dried it is simple, clear, and unambiguous; fixed, and definite; already decided; predictable and usual. Examples Of Use “Look,” said David to the new manager, “the problem is not so cut and dried as you think.” “The law is cut and dried,” said the lawyer, … Read more

Curry Favor, to

Meaning of Idiom ‘Curry Favor’ To curry favor means to try to gain an advantage or to seek someone’s approval flattery and sycophantic and servile behavior. There are many idioms related to curry favor, most of which are stronger in meaning and more disapproving: Usage The above variants are much more common today than curry favor, … Read more