Here is a list of idiomatic expressions beginning with the letter C.
Call back (separable)
To call or ring someone back is to return a telephone call.
- I am a little busy at the moment. I will call you back later.
- Could you ask her to call me back?
Call in (inseparable)
To call in is to pay a short visit.
- Grandma said that she would call in next week.
- I was quite happy when Tom called in yesterday. I hadn’t met him in several months.
Call in (separable)
To call a doctor or a professional in is to ask them to come and help you.
- We had to call in a doctor when grandmother started complaining of chest pain.
- If you can’t fix that heating system on your own, you will need to call in an expert.
Call off (separable)
To call off a party, meeting or engagement is to cancel it.
- We had to call off the party because dad fell ill.
Call out (separable)
To call out is to shout.
To call someone up is to telephone them.
- You should call him up before you leave.
- Feel free to call me up if you face any problem.
To get carried away is to behave in a silly manner. People get carried away when they are upset, angry or excited.
- Cool down. Don’t get carried away.
- I can’t take my son to the toy store. He gets carried away pretty easily.
To carry on is to continue working.
- She was upset when he told her that he was leaving her, but she carried on as if she didn’t care.
Carry out (separable)
To carry out is to perform a task.
- The agency is planning to carry out a survey about the problems faced by working women.
- The candidate said that he would carry out his promises if he got elected to the parliament.
To carve out a reputation is to create it by working hard.
- She has carved out a reputation for herself as an accomplished pianist.
This is an inseparable phrasal verb. When an idea catches on, it becomes popular.
- The bob haircut eventually caught on and became all the rage.
Chase away / chase off
To chase someone away is to force them to leave a place.
- The dog chased the cat away.