- 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 cheeseMore example sentences
- 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 muslinMore example sentences
- 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.
- British • informal Used to express sympathy over a petty matter: jolly hard cheese, better luck next time!More example sentences
- 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.
- Said by a photographer to encourage the subject to smile.More example sentences
- 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?
Old English cēse, cȳse, of West Germanic origin; related to Dutch kaas and German Käse; from Latin caseus.
noun(in phrase big cheese) • informal
- An important person: he was a really big cheese in the business worldMore example sentences
- 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.
1920s: probably via Urdu from Persian čīz 'thing': the phrase the cheese was used earlier to mean 'first-rate' (i.e. the thing).
verb[with object] (usually be cheesed off) British • informal
- Exasperate, frustrate, or bore (someone): I got a bit cheesed off with the movieMore example sentences
- 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.
early 19th century (in the archaic phrase cheese it, used to urge someone to stop doing something): of unknown origin.