There are 3 definitions of cheese in English:

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noun

[mass noun]
1A food made from the pressed curds of milk, firm and elastic or soft and semi-liquid in texture: grated cheese [as modifier]: a cheese sandwich [count noun]: a cow’s milk cheese
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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.
1.1 [count noun] A complete cake of cheese with its rind: the cheeses are trimmed and wrapped in sterilized muslin
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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.
1.2 [with modifier] British A conserve having the consistency of soft cheese: lemon cheese
1.3 [count noun] A round, flat object resembling a cake of cheese, such as the heavy flat wooden disc used in skittles and other games.
2 informal The quality of being too obviously sentimental: the conversations tend too far towards cheese

Origin

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

Phrases

hard cheese

British informal Used to express sympathy over a petty matter: jolly hard cheese, better luck next time!
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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?

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There are 3 definitions of cheese in English:

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noun

(in phrase big cheese) informal
An important person: he was a really 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

1920s: probably via Urdu from Persian čīz 'thing': the phrase the cheese was used earlier to mean 'first-rate' (i.e. the thing).

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There are 3 definitions of cheese in English:

cheese3

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verb

[with object] (usually be cheesed off) British informal
Exasperate, frustrate, or bore (someone): I got a bit cheesed off with the movie
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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.

Origin

early 19th century (in the archaic phrase cheese it, used to urge someone to stop doing something): of unknown origin.

Phrases

cheese it!

1 archaic Used to urge someone to stop doing something.
2 dated Used to urge someone to make a hasty departure from somewhere: Cheese it, here comes Mr Madigan!

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