cheese

2
[ cheez ]
/ tʃiz /
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verb (used with object), cheesed, chees·ing. Slang.

to stop; desist.

Idioms

    cheese it,
    1. look out!
    2. run away!

Origin of cheese

2
First recorded in 1805–15; perhaps alteration of cease
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British Dictionary definitions for cheese it (1 of 2)

cheese

1
/ (tʃiːz) /

noun

the curd of milk separated from the whey and variously prepared as a food
a mass or complete cake of this substance
any of various substances of similar consistency, etclemon cheese
big cheese slang an important person
as alike as chalk and cheese or as different as chalk and cheese See chalk (def. 6)

Word Origin for cheese

Old English cēse, from Latin cāseus cheese; related to Old Saxon kāsi

British Dictionary definitions for cheese it (2 of 2)

cheese

2
/ (tʃiːz) /

verb slang

(tr) to stop; desist
(intr) prison slang to act in a grovelling manner

Word Origin for cheese

C19: of unknown origin
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Idioms and Phrases with cheese it (1 of 2)

cheese it


Stop, look out, as in Cheese it! Here come the cops! This term, generally stated as an imperative, may have been a replacement for the earlier “Stop at once.” Eric Partridge speculated that it may have been a corruption of Cease! but its true origin is not known. [Slang; mid-1800s]

Idioms and Phrases with cheese it (2 of 2)

cheese


In addition to the idioms beginning with cheese

  • cheesed off
  • cheese it

also see:

  • big cheese
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