One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1An implement for cutting cheese, especially by means of a wire which can be pulled through the cheese.
- ‘I have my Grandmothers wire cheese cutter- it must be 40- 50 years old.’
- ‘This wrought iron framed cheese cutter is a super piece of Early American kitchenware and it is in really nice condition.’
- ‘When Uncle Adam visited us he noticed that we didn't have a cheese cutter.’
2informal A cap with a broad, square brim.
- ‘None but the truly die-hard fans would have recognised me, slouched here with a black cheese-cutter cap pulled low over my face, sunglasses obscuring my eyes.’
- ‘The man behind the lead is tall and lean with ice-blue eyes, often peering out below a cheese-cutter hat.’
- ‘We had these hats called cheese-cutters, or straw boaters.’
- ‘The shirt was snowy white, the cheese-cutter cap (worn back-to-front, naturally) similarly virginal.’
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