Definition of Swiss cheese in US English:

Swiss cheese


  • 1Cheese of a style originating in Switzerland, typically containing large holes.

    • ‘Certain geologic formations that underlie the dike, and portions of the material that comprise it, bear a striking resemblance to Swiss cheese.’
    • ‘On the way home we talked longingly of sleep and filled ourselves enormous sandwiches of Swiss cheese, slivered bell peppers, fresh basil leaves, olive oil, salt, and pepper.’
    • ‘Layer with thinly sliced, snipped prosciutto and grated Parmesan cheese or sliced Swiss cheese.’
    • ‘The company whose founder was originally from Switzerland, is known for mild Swiss cheese, flavored milk, and freshly churned butter.’
    • ‘An untitled, wall-mounted bronze casting has hemispheric holes in it that suggest Swiss cheese.’
    • ‘A second option is to make a sandwich with ham, chicken, Swiss cheese, or kashkaval for lunch or brunch.’
    • ‘I eat the Swiss cheese from my ham sandwich and leave the rest behind.’
    • ‘I want you to remember the time we ate Swiss cheese sandwiches on the riverbank, remember that?’
    • ‘One ice-cream cone, one pickle, one slice of Swiss cheese, one slice of salami…’
    • ‘The Swiss cheese often used in fondue is emmental, which melts well, whether in the classic kirsch-flavoured dip or in a Chilean-inspired empañada.’
    • ‘My friend the Monte Cristo connoisseur reckons the Homestead's triple-decker sandwich of fresh turkey, ham and Swiss cheese is the second best he's had.’
    • ‘Top croutons with tomato slices; sprinkle with Swiss cheese.’
    • ‘She placed it on the stove and went to the fridge and pulled out some bread, butter, and American Swiss cheese.’
    • ‘His flannel button town shirt was torn and his jeans sported more holes than Swiss cheese.’
    • ‘This would be a fine accompaniment to a meal-sized toasted honey baked ham bagel, also filled with thick cut Swiss cheese, whole grain mustard, crisp lettuce and a daub of herb-speckled mayonnaise.’
    • ‘The wood was splintery and filled with so many holes it looked like a piece of Swiss cheese.’
    • ‘Once at our table, we ordered a first course of Swiss cheese fondue.’
    • ‘The pork schnitzel with Swiss cheese was especially to be recommended, but there is a substantial Thai and international list of dishes from which to choose.’
    • ‘But what we did is we made a white sauce and put a little reduced sodium Swiss cheese in it, and some low fat sour cream.’
    • ‘If your shopping list at the deli counter is limited to honey-roasted ham, Swiss cheese and a tub of olives this book will give you food for thought.’
    1. 1.1 Used figuratively to refer to something that is full of holes, gaps, or defects.
      ‘the team has Swiss cheese for a defense’
      • ‘Online security is Swiss cheese, a survey finds.’
      • ‘I was fine even though my brand new glider was now swiss cheese.’
      • ‘Are you saying that he has Swiss cheese for brains?’
      • ‘This movie has Swiss cheese for a script.’


Swiss cheese

/ˌswis ˈCHēz//ˌswɪs ˈtʃiz/