cheese it-the cops!

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cheese it, the cops

slang Run or get out of here because the police are coming. Used as an urgent imperative. Cheese it, the cops! I'm not getting caught!
See also: cheese, cop

cheese it-the cops!

A warning that the police were coming. “Cheese” might be a variant of “cease.” It might also come from the cheese course coming at the end of dinner; in the sense that with nothing else ahead, it's time to leave. In either event, “cheese it—the cops!” was a staple of mid-20th-century crime novels and films, as well as such movies as The Dead End Kids and The Bowery Boys.
See also: cheese