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cinder block
(slang) A person who has become dazed and simple-minded, a burnout.

circling the drain
(slang) Anything lingering on the brink of dying, especially any third party material suppliers.

Cloon
(slang) To impact the ground with one's head. See also: Cranial Disharmony.

come-along
(slang) (1) A winch (2) A device for pushing wet concrete (3) A tool is used to assist in delicate alignments and adjustments of structural members, sometimes known as a sledgehammer.

compo
(slang) Any type of composition material.

cowboy
(slang) A scraper operator

Cranial Disharmony
(slang) Severe headache and/or mental disorientation, usually do to impact. See also: Cloon.

crater
(slang) (1) To hit the ground from great altitude. (2) To fail catastrophically.

crease
(slang) A person with a corporate image in language, dress or manner; a business type.

cricket
(slang) A structural build-up that fills in crevices at the rear slope of a chimney, covered with flashing to shed water and snow.