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What personal anecdotes you think of when you read these phrases? Is there a spanish equivalent for the phrase? Make notes of any questions you have regarding these phrases.
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piece of cake = something super easy to do
a slice of the pie = the portion of the profits or benefits of something you feel entitled to
to have your cake and eat it too = to receive benefits from two situations that may or may not be mutually possible
they call the shots = ellos mandan
a can of worms = a messy issue
call someone’s bluff = insist that someone is lying
to call it quits = to quit
I can’t for the life of me ____ = I cant ___ no matter how hard I try
carrots and sticks = the promise of reward and the threat of punishment
play your cards right = take the right steps towards success
put/lay your cards on the table = speak openly about your feelings and opinions
you cant make an omellette without breaking some eggs = some sacrifice is necessary
carry the torch = to continue to have strong feelings for a romantic partner
put the cart before the horse = do things in the wrong order
case in point = a case that proves a point
cash cow = the product or service that makes the most money for a company
cast a wide net = to cover an extensive area
fat cat = a big wig = a rich and powerful person
catch 22 = a situation in which you cant do one thing before the other, and vice versa, making the situation impossible
raining cats and dogs = raining a lot
the cat’s meow = the perfect thing, something really good
to let the cat out of the bag = to give away a secret accidentally
caught redhanded = pillado en el acto
the cat’s pajamas = someone who is really wonderful
cut it out = stop
not cut out for it = not meant for a particular activity, not equipped for something
to cut some slack for someone = to be forgiving or lenient with someone
cutting edge = avant guarde = the newest thing in a field
cut corners = to cheat, do things the easy way, even if they are not legal
cut and dried = clear, straightforward
cry wolf = to call for help when you’re not really in danger
crystal clear = clear, obvious
on the cusp = at the beginning point of a new era, in transition
to cut it = to be enough
a far cry from something = very different from something
crododile tears = false tears
cross to bear = serious problem or heavy responsibility
we’ll cross that bridge when we come to it = we’ll deal with the problem when it comes, not worry about it before.
cross the line = do something unacceptable
cough up = pay
count one’s blessings = to be aware of all the good things that have happened in one’s life
cover your tracks = erase evidence that you were there
till the cows come home = for a long time
crack the whip = to enforce a rule as an authority
a crash course = a short intensive training course
the cream of the crop = the best of something
common knowledge = something everyone knows
cook the books = do illegal bookkeeping. changing facts
the way the cookie crumbles = the way things are, naturally
a couch potato = someone who sits on the sofa watching TV all day
come out of the woodwork = appear unexpectedly
come out in the wash = to even out, to balance out, to be alright in the end
comes with the territory = inextricable, inseparable
common ground = things two or more people can agree on
come to your senses = realize what’s right
like clockwork = routinely, patternistic
close but no cigar = when an effort was good but not good enough to succeed
close call = something bad almost happened
a cog in the machine = a small part in a large system
on cloud nine = en la gloria
to cold call someone = when a business calls people they dont know to sell a service or product
clean slate = new beginning, starting over
clip someone’s wings = restrict someone from doing something
to chime in = to participate in a conversation
to have a chip on your shoulder = to feel resentful, that you are not being treated fairly
a chip off the old block = someone who resembles their parents in character or appearance
a cheap shot = an unfair move
no spring chicken = not young anymore
to chicken out = to be a coward
cherry pick = select or isolate the facts that only suit your argument, instead of looking at the whole story
chew the fat = chat informally with someone
I wouldn’t be caught dead = I would never do that