There are 3 definitions of cheese in English:

cheese1

Syllabification: cheese
Pronunciation: /CHēz
 
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noun

  • 1A food made from the pressed curds of milk: grated cheese a slice of cheese [as modifier]: a cheese sandwich
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    • In summer it was normal to live on milk, butter, cheese curds and whey, while in autumn a number of cattle were killed, their beef being salted to eat during the winter.
    • To test my theory I've decided to eliminate all food made with cheese, butter or milk from his diet.
    • Another common intolerance is to dairy products, including cow's milk, cheese, yoghurt and cream.
  • 1.1A complete molded mass of cheese with its rind, often in a round flat shape: a 50-pound, muslin-wrapped cheese
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    • This is the first year that there was a special category for washed rind cheeses.
    • This cheese has a bloomy rind and a fluffy, mellow center.
    • I remember rubbing the mould from beautiful unpasteurised washed rind cheeses with a soft cloth.
  • 1.2A round flat object resembling a cheese.
  • 2 informal The quality of being too obviously sentimental: the conversations tend too far toward cheese

Phrases

hard cheese

British informal Used to express sympathy over a petty matter.
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  • Of course, I trust them implicitly, just as I trust all experts with letters after their names, so I rang the Vat helpline. They said hard cheese, your accountants are right.
  • Your obnoxious politician was quoted in an American blog as saying: ‘America is going to do what it likes or hard cheese.’
  • This is hard cheese for many producers across the EU.

say cheese

Said by a photographer to encourage the subject to smile.
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  • I was told to smile, hey look at the camera and smile, and say cheese.
  • All of them paste their best smiles and say cheese.
  • Well if they will encourage the proliferation of CCTV what do they expect us to do: smile and say cheese?

Origin

Old English cēse, cȳse; related to Dutch kaas and German Käse; from Latin caseus.

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There are 3 definitions of cheese in English:

cheese2

Syllabification: cheese
Pronunciation: /
 
CHēz/
(in phrase big cheese)

noun

informal
  • An important person: he was a big cheese in the business world
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    • Virtually everybody in the factory - the boss, or should I say the big cheese, included - is gathered round, transfixed by the Japanese Grand Prix.
    • Somehow, I don't think you'd get that with an audience of big cheeses.
    • Someone recommended I talk to them because they were the big cheeses when it comes to films.

Origin

early 19th century (originally in the sense 'the right thing or something excellent'): probably from Urdu, from Persian čīz 'thing'. The current sense dates from the 1920s.

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cheese3

Syllabification: cheese
Pronunciation: /
 
CHēz/

verb

informal , chiefly British
  • Exasperate, frustrate, or bore: that really cheesed off Ricky
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    • More people are going down this route because they are cheesed off that they have to pay crazy prices for a bigger property.
    • There is a lot of support in the town and they are cheesed off with the arrogance of the Liberal Democrats.
    • It's the existence of the rich that cheeses them off.

Phrases

cheese it

  • 1British archaic Look out.
  • 2 dated Run away: cheese it, here comes Mr. Madigan!

Origin

early 19th century ( cheese1 ( sense 1) of cheese it): of unknown origin.

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