1A food made from the pressed curds of milk, firm and elastic or soft and semi-liquid in texture.‘grated cheese’
- ‘a cheese sandwich’
- ‘a cow's milk cheese’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Exclude dairy foods - milk and cheese are possible irritants to the lungs as they produce large amounts of mucus.’
- ‘Surely it is also dedicated to getting people to buy as much milk, cheese, butter, yogurt and ice cream as possible?’
- ‘Good sources of calcium include dairy products such as milk, yogurt, cheese, ice cream and tofu.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Milk, butter, cheese and yogurt are an integral part of the Irish diet.’
- ‘Eat a well-balanced diet including high calcium foods such as milk, cheese, yogurt, and green leafy vegetables.’
- ‘It is important to eat several servings of calcium-rich foods daily, such as milk, cheese and yogurt.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘CLA is found in beef and some other meats, as well as in dairy products such as milk, cheese, butter, and yogurt.’
- ‘After stocking the land with dairy cows, they became self-supporting in butter, milk and cheese.’
- ‘Most are not eating enough cereals, breads, potatoes, milk, cheese and dairy products.’
- ‘Milk, cheese and butter could play havoc with cholesterol and do nasty things to the arteries.’
- ‘As for taste and texture, soy cheese and soy yogurt are virtually indistinguishable from cow's milk varieties.’
- ‘What are you gonna do with all that butter, milk and cheese?’
- ‘Kyla should make sure she has cereal, yogurt, cheese and/or milk every day.’
- 1.1count noun A complete cake of cheese with its rind.‘the cheeses are trimmed and wrapped in sterilized muslin’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Cut the rind off soft cheeses like Brie to reduce their fat content.’
- ‘Cheese was cut with a wire on a wooden handle from a large round cheese.’
- 1.2British with modifier A conserve having the consistency of soft cheese.
- ‘lemon cheese’
- 1.3count 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’
- hard cheese
Used to express sympathy over a petty matter.
- ‘jolly hard cheese, better luck next time!’
- ‘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.’
- ‘But if protecting them means doing or allowing harm to us, if it really is ‘us or them’, then hard cheese on them.’
- ‘And that was just hard cheese for particle physicists, and for many years the best people worked on quantum gravity to no avail.’
Said by a photographer to encourage the subject to smile.‘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?’
- ‘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).’
- ‘Tiger was photographed so often he almost knew when to turn to say cheese!’
Old English cēse, cȳse, of West Germanic origin; related to Dutch kaas and German Käse; from Latin caseus.
verb[with object] informal British usually be cheesed off
Exasperate, frustrate, or bore (someone)
- ‘I got a bit cheesed off with the movie’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘To say they are cheesed off with the share market, the government, the company and all the other players puts it mildly.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘And is it your impression that irrigators are open to that reality, or does it cheese them off?’
- ‘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.’’
- ‘It really used to cheese me off at first, because I don't think music is about colour, I think music is about passion.’
- ‘She will be cheesed off if I have to tell her that I didn't get my homework on relative minors done.’
- ‘I had to call in sick for about four days, which really cheesed me off.’
- ‘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.’
- cheese it!
1 informal, archaic Used to urge someone to stop doing something.
2 informal, dated Used to urge someone to run away.
- ‘Cheese it, here comes Mr Madigan!’
Early 19th century (in the archaic phrase cheese it, used to urge someone to stop doing something): the current use dates from the 1940s. Both uses are of uncertain origin.