Main definitions of cheese in English

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cheese1

noun

  • 1A food made from the pressed curds of milk.

    ‘grated cheese’
    ‘a slice of cheese’
    [as modifier] ‘a cheese sandwich’
    • ‘After stocking the land with dairy cows, they became self-supporting in butter, milk and cheese.’
    • ‘Milk, butter, cheese and yogurt are an integral part of the Irish diet.’
    • ‘Most are not eating enough cereals, breads, potatoes, milk, cheese and dairy products.’
    • ‘Exclude dairy foods - milk and cheese are possible irritants to the lungs as they produce large amounts of mucus.’
    • ‘Another common intolerance is to dairy products, including cow's milk, cheese, yoghurt and cream.’
    • ‘Good sources of calcium include dairy products such as milk, yogurt, cheese, ice cream and tofu.’
    • ‘CLA is found in beef and some other meats, as well as in dairy products such as milk, cheese, butter, and yogurt.’
    • ‘She made a ham and cheese sandwich and drank milk.’
    • ‘We didn't even go downstairs for lunch, though Mom brought up grilled cheese sandwiches and milk for us.’
    • ‘She says she can find animal-free alternatives for staples such as meat, bread, milk, cheese, butter, yoghurt, and ice cream in the local supermarket.’
    • ‘Eat a well-balanced diet including high calcium foods such as milk, cheese, yogurt, and green leafy vegetables.’
    • ‘As for taste and texture, soy cheese and soy yogurt are virtually indistinguishable from cow's milk varieties.’
    • ‘I'm proud to say that I am part of an industry that produces some of the best milk, cheese, butter, cream and yogurt in the world.’
    • ‘To test my theory I've decided to eliminate all food made with cheese, butter or milk from his diet.’
    • ‘It is important to eat several servings of calcium-rich foods daily, such as milk, cheese and yogurt.’
    • ‘Kyla should make sure she has cereal, yogurt, cheese and/or milk every day.’
    • ‘What are you gonna do with all that butter, milk and cheese?’
    • ‘Milk, cheese and butter could play havoc with cholesterol and do nasty things to the arteries.’
    • ‘Surely it is also dedicated to getting people to buy as much milk, cheese, butter, yogurt and ice cream as possible?’
    • ‘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.’
    1. 1.1A complete molded mass of cheese with its rind, often in a round flat shape.
      ‘a 50-pound, muslin-wrapped cheese’
      • ‘I remember rubbing the mould from beautiful unpasteurised washed rind cheeses with a soft cloth.’
      • ‘This is the first year that there was a special category for washed rind cheeses.’
      • ‘Your cheese was cut with a wire from a whole cheese; your butter was cut from a block using a long knife and so on and so on.’
      • ‘Cheese was cut with a wire on a wooden handle from a large round cheese.’
      • ‘This cheese has a bloomy rind and a fluffy, mellow center.’
      • ‘Cut the rind off soft cheeses like Brie to reduce their fat content.’
    2. 1.2A round flat object resembling a cheese.
  • 2informal The quality of being too obviously sentimental.

    ‘the conversations tend too far toward cheese’

Phrases

  • hard cheese

  • say cheese

    • Said by a photographer to encourage the subject to smile.

      • ‘Tiger was photographed so often he almost knew when to turn to say cheese!’
      • ‘All of them paste their best smiles and say cheese.’
      • ‘I was told to smile, hey look at the camera and smile, and say cheese.’
      • ‘Once a firm favourite, apparently just one in five of us now say cheese when we are having our photograph taken, putting it just third in the top ten.’
      • ‘And, though the English say cheese, the Koreans say fermented cabbage (kim chi).’
      • ‘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.

Pronunciation:

cheese

/CHēz/

Main definitions of cheese in English

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cheese2

(also big cheese)

noun

informal
  • An important person.

    ‘he was a big cheese in the business world’
    • ‘Somehow, I don't think you'd get that with an audience of big cheeses.’
    • ‘In my scarlet red neckerchief, I really thought I was a big cheese.’
    • ‘Virtually everybody in the factory - the boss, or should I say the big cheese, included - is gathered round, transfixed by the Japanese Grand Prix.’
    • ‘Someone recommended I talk to them because they were the big cheeses when it comes to films.’
    • ‘The big cheese thinks his star parties too much.’
    • ‘What worries me is that I think I'll be working directly under one of the really big cheeses.’
    • ‘So he was someone not to be crossed - he was a big cheese.’
    • ‘It is owned by an impossibly handsome young man who is a big cheese with an impeccably fashionable retail/restaurant group.’
    • ‘I should have been flattered, my doctor being the big cheese now.’
    • ‘That has been the question on the lips of each of the big cheeses in charge.’

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.

Pronunciation:

cheese

/CHēz/

Main definitions of cheese in English

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cheese3

verb

British
informal
  • Exasperate, frustrate, or bore.

    ‘that really cheesed off Ricky’
    • ‘More people are going down this route because they are cheesed off that they have to pay crazy prices for a bigger property.’
    • ‘To say they are cheesed off with the share market, the government, the company and all the other players puts it mildly.’
    • ‘It's the existence of the rich that cheeses them off.’
    • ‘I had to call in sick for about four days, which really cheesed me off.’
    • ‘The men put them up in tents and, because they're city girls, this really cheeses them off.’
    • ‘She will be cheesed off if I have to tell her that I didn't get my homework on relative minors done.’
    • ‘What cheeses me off is all the ‘journalists’ who uncritically covered the IPO and gave the investment banks and money managers a platform from which to attempt to manipulate the market like that.’
    • ‘And is it your impression that irrigators are open to that reality, or does it cheese them off?’
    • ‘See, as a tax payer, I am bailing out these stupid companies… and that cheeses me off.’
    • ‘This isn't fatal, but grants him the ability to turn into a big, dumb green guy whenever someone cheeses him off.’
    • ‘As far as I am concerned, I am cheesed off with the result, but I am not just here for this game and five or six others.’
    • ‘There is a lot of support in the town and they are cheesed off with the arrogance of the Liberal Democrats.’
    • ‘What cheeses me off, of course, is that these offers are available only to those who can be provided with a service at minimum cost and thus maximum profit to the service provider.’
    • ‘It really used to cheese me off at first, because I don't think music is about colour, I think music is about passion.’
    • ‘No one wanted to go on the record with these sentiments and cheese them off just yet, but one said: ‘They're targeting a market that doesn't necessarily want it.’’

Phrases

  • cheese it

    • 1Look out.

    • 2Run away.

      ‘cheese it, here comes Mr. Madigan!’

Origin

Early 19th century ( cheese of cheese it): of unknown origin.

Pronunciation:

cheese

/CHēz/