Dictionary: letter C


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call back [call back, call somebody back] return a phone call or call again later. phone back, ring back devolver la llamada, llamar más tarde

call in 1 visit (insep) pay somebody a short visit. drop in, pop in pasar

2 [call somebody in] (doctor, expert, consultant, police, technician) ask somebody, like a doctor or a technician, to come and help you with a problem. bring in llamar

call off cancel [call something off] cancel an event. be off, put off cancelar

call out shout [call something out] announce or say something in a loud voice. anunciar, llamar

call up phone [call somebody up] phone somebody. llamar

calm down relax [calm down, calm somebody down] become more relaxed. calmarse

carry away [get carried away] behave in a silly way because you are too excited, angry, etc; not know what you are doing. español

carry on continue (insep) continue doing something. go on, keep on dejarse llevar, entusiasmarse

carry out do [carry something out] (survey, investigation, research, review, plan, threat) do a task. llevar a cabo

carve out get [carve something out] (career, name, reputation, place, role) manage to get something by working hard. labrarse, forjar, hacer

cash in get [cash something in] (cheque, pension) get the money. cobrar

cash in on [cash in on something] (insep) profit or take advantage of something. sacar partido

catch on (insep) (idea, fashion, concept) become popular. hacerse popular

chalk up 1 [chalk something up] (goals, losses, success, victory, win) succeed in getting something. anotarse

2 [chalk something up] write down what somebody should pay. anotar

3 [chalk something up to] explain something as the result of something else. atribuir a

idiom chalk it up to experience regard a failure as an experience you can learn from.

chase away [chase somebody/something away] force a person or animal to leave a place with threats or by attacking them. espantar, ahuyentar

chase off chase away.

chat up seduce [chat somebody up] talk to somebody in a friendly way because you are sexually attracted to them. ligar con

check in [check in, check something in] arrive at a hotel or airport and report your arrival at reception or check-in desk. registrarse

check out 1 pay and leave a place. dejar la habitación

2 [check something out] check that something is correct or it's what you want. comprobar

cheer up [cheer up, cheer somebody up, cheer something up] make somebody feel happier. animar

chew over think [chew something over] think about something or discuss it very carefully. mull over, think over pensarlo

chicken out (insep) not do something because of fear. acobardarse

chip in 1 contribute contribute money towards something. club together, pitch in contribuir, poner dinero, hacer una vaca

2 interrupt interrupt a conversation. butt in interrumpir

clam up (insep) refuse to speak. shut up callarse, cerrar el pico

clean up [clean up, clean something up] wash or clean completely. clear up lavarse, limpiar

clear off leave [clear something off] disappear or be removed. quitar

clear up 1 [clear up, clear something up] (kitchen, mess) tidy & clean or remove dirt and clean. clean up limpiar, ordenar, despejar

2 (doubt, problem, disagreement, misunderstanding, confusion, issue, crime, mystery) find an answer or an explanation for something or settle it. sort out aclararse

3 (insep) (weather) improve. brighten up mejorar

climb down (insep) admit you are wrong. back down dar marcha atrás

clock in (insep) register the time when arriving at work. clock on (American punch in) clock out, clock off registrarse, fichar

clock off (insep) leave work or register the time you leave work. clock out (American punch out) clock on, clock in fichar la salida, salir del trabajo

clock on (insep) clock in clock out, clock off fichar, entrar a trabajar

clock out (insep) register the time you leave work. clock off clock in, clock on fichar la salida

clog up block (insep) (arteries, pipe, drain, well) block. choke up obstruir, taponar

close down [close something down] (factory, plant, business, company, shop, production, operations) close a place permanently. shut down cerrar

clue in [clue somebody in] give somebody the information needed to understand something or let them know what's new. clue up poner al tanto

come across 1 meet [come across somebody] (insep) meet somebody by chance. bump into , run into, stumble across tropezar con

2 find [come across something] (insep) (photo) find something by chance. toparse con

come forward (insep) offer help or information. ofrecerse

come round/around 1 (insep) recover consciousness. come to pass out, black out recupar el conocimiento

2 (insep) pay somebody a visit. drop by dejarse caer

come on 1 start (insep) start. comenzar

2 (insep) make progress. get on ir

come to (insep) recover consciousness. come (a)round, pass out, black out cebrar el conocimiento

come through 1 (insep) (call, message, document, authorization, divorce, money, results, news) recieve something. llegar

2 survive [come through something] (insep) (car crash, accident, operation, illness, war, ordeal, crisis) survive or recover. superar

come up 1 mention (insep) (issue, point, matter, question, subject) be mentioned. Bring up salir

2 appear (insep) (job, vacancy) appear. salir, surgir

come up with [come up with something] (insep) (idea, plan, proposal, theory, scheme, solution, suggestion, compromise, money, funding) occur to you or you manage to find it. ocurrirse, inventarse

cool down 1 (insep) become less hot. refrescar, enfriar

2 (insep) become less excited. tranquilizarse

cop out [cop out, cop out of something] (responsibility) avoid something because you are afraid or you don't want to keep your promise. escaquearse

cotton on understand (informal) begin to understand. darse cuenta

cough up [cough something up] (informal) (money, name) give somebody something because you have to. pay up soltar la pasta

count on [count on somebody] (insep) rely on them to help or support you. contar con

crack down [crack down on somebody, crack down on something] (informal) (criminals, vandals, extremists) be much stricter than before. clamp down on ponerse duro, acabar con

cram in include [cram in, cram something in] manage to have a lot of people or things in a reduced space or time. pack in, fit in meter

creep away/down/into/etc (insep) gradually or quietly begin to do something. llegar discretamente

creep on up [creep up on somebody] approach somebody quietly from behind. acercarse sigilosamente, sorprender

crop up (insep) (issues, problems, rumours) appear, often unexpectedly. aparecer

cut back [cut something back, cut down on something] (spending, public expenditure, expenses, production, budget, costs) reduce something to save money. recortar

cut down 1 reduce [cut down, cut down on something] (smoking, cigarettes, sugar, fatty foods; luxuries, spending, cost) reduce the amount you take of something. reducir

2 cut [cut something down] (tree, forest) make something fall to the ground by cutting it. cortar

cut off [cut something off] (electricity, water) remove something by cutting, separating or stopping it somehow. cortar



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