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Call (n.): 1) Prediction: ex: "That was a good call on the weather. It rained just like you said that It would.". 2) Decision: ex: "Where do you want to eat. Person 2: It's your call."

Call it a day: To stop some kind of activity *usually used when talking about work* ex: "We've been working for 12 hours - Let's call it a day."

Call the shots: To make decisions, to be in charge ex: "I call the shots around here!"

Cash (n.): Money. ex: "You got any cash on you?"

Cash in (v.): To profit. ex: "He cashed in on his popularity by opening up a restaurant."

Catch some rays (v.): To sunbathe; To go suntanning.

Check out (v.): 1) To see ("Let's check out that new movie") 2) To take a look at ("Check out this cool website", "Check out that girl")

Cheesy (adj.): Cheap, tacky. ex: "A cheesy pick-up line", "A cheesy song", etc.

Chick (n.): Young woman, girl, etc. *this term is considered derogatory (offensive) by some, so if you're not sure - don't use it :)*

Chill out (v.): To relax. "Chill out! Why are you getting so worked up over this?"

Class-act (n.): A distinctive person; someone with a lot of class.

Cool down (v.) : Relax, calm down after an argument, etc. ex: "Give him a couple of days to cool down before you call him."

Cool (adj.): nice, great, impressive ex: "a cool dress", "a cool guy", "a cool bar"

Cool down (v.) : Relax, calm down after an argument, etc. ex: "Give him a couple of days to cool down before you call him."

Cop (n.): Police officer. ex: "My brother is a cop."

Creep: An unpleasantly weird/strange person. ex: "I don't like Tom. He seems like a creep."

Couch potato : Someone who spends most of his/her time sitting on the couch, watching TV. *Homer Simpson is a couch potato*

Crack open (v.): In this phrase, the "crack" is only used to emphasize the process of opening. ex: "Crack open a bottle of champagne - It's time to celebrate!" (Open a bottle of champagne - It's time to celebrate!)

Crank up (v.): To crank something up means to increase it's volume (significantly) ex: "Crank it up, man! I love that song!"

Crash (v.): To sleep. ex: "Can I crash here tonight?"

Creep (n.): An unpleasantly weird/strange person. ex: "I don't like Tom. He seems like a creep."

Crummy (adj.): Bad.

Cushy (adj.): Comfortably easy. ex: "A cushy job."

Cut (a deal) (v.): To negotiate a deal; To compromise; ex: "Let's cut a deal - I'll let you use the car if you help around the house."

(To not) cut it: To not be enough; to be insufficient. ex: "In this case, saying 'sorry' just doesn't cut it." (Saying 'sorry' is not enough)

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