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a little bit of bread and no cheese
An onomatopoeic phrase used in Britain to describe the song of the Yellowhammer bird. Primarily heard in UK. In the early morning I could hear the Yellowhammer sing as plain as day, "a little bit of bread and no cheese.
slang imperative Run; hide; get out of here; stop what one's doing. Cheese it, someone called the cops!
What's that got to do with the price of cheese?
A rhetorical question calling attention to a non-sequitur or irrelevant statement or suggestion made by another person. Primarily heard in UK. Yes, I agree that health care is an important issue, but what's that got to do with the price of cheese? We're discussing tax incentives for local businesses—not exactly a related topic!
like cheese at four pence
In an idle, awkward, and/or out-of-place state; being ignored, abandoned, or left to wait awkwardly. Primarily heard in UK. Well, don't just sit there like cheese at four pence—speak up and say what's on your mind! The receptionist was called away before I was done telling her what I needed, leaving me standing there like cheese at four pence.
cheese and kisses
Wife. ("Cheese and kisses" rhymes with "missus.") Primarily heard in Australia. A: "Where are you two going on your trip?" B: "Oh, the cheese and kisses and I will be off on an island getaway!
An important, successful, or influential person. Jacob thinks he's a big cheese now that he's been promoted to assistant manager. I'm the big cheese around here, so you have to do what I say.
cheese someone off
Sl. to make someone very angry. You sure know how to cheese Laurel off. Bobby cheesed off every person in the club.
Sl. angry; disgusted. (*Typically: be ~; get ~; get someone ~.) Clare was really cheesed off at the waiter. The waiter was cheesed off at the cook.
cut the cheeseand cut the mustard
Sl. to release intestinal gas. (Crude. Use caution with the topic.) Who cut the cheese? People who cut the mustard in the car have to get out and walk.
Inf. an expression used by photographers to get people to smile, which they must do while saying the word heese. "All of you please stand still and say cheese!" said the photographer. "Is everybody ready? Say cheese!" asked Mary, aiming the camera.
a big cheese(humorous)
an important or powerful person in a group or organization Apparently her father is a big cheese in one of the major banks.
be (like) chalk and cheese(British & Australian) also be as different as chalk and cheese (British & Australian)
if two people are like chalk and cheese, they are completely different from each other I don't have anything in common with my brother. We're like chalk and cheese.See put down to experience
Hard/Tough cheese!(British & Australian informal) also Stiff cheese! (Australian informal)
something that you say to or about someone to whom something bad has happened in order to show that you have no sympathy for them So he's fed up because he's got to get up early one morning in seven, is he? Well hard cheese!See Say cheese!
See also: hard
actions that show you are not willing to spend or give money I'm fed up with all this cheese-paring. You've got to spend money if you want to make money.
something that someone who is taking a photograph of you tells you to say so that your mouth makes the shape of a smile OK everyone, look at the camera and say cheese.
Also, big shot or gun or wheel or enchilada . An important, powerful person; the boss. For example, She loved being the big cheese of her company; the big guns in Congress are bound to change the President's bill; you'd better not act like a big shot among your old friends; Harry was the big wheel in his class ; and You'll have to get permission from the big enchilada. The first term dates from the late 1800s and its origin is disputed. Some think it comes from the Urdu word chiz or cheez for "thing," but others hold it plays on the English word "chief." Big gun is much older, dating from the early 1800s; big shot became very popular in the late 1920s, particularly when used for underworld leaders of gangsters; big wheel dates from about the same period. Big enchilada, often put as the big enchilada, is the newest, dating from the early 1970s.
Angry, fed up, annoyed, as in I'm cheesed off about watering their plants twice a week. This term was originally military slang and sometimes put simply as cheesed. [Slang; mid-1900s]
Stop, look out, as in Cheese it! Here come the cops! This term, generally stated as an imperative, may have been a replacement for the earlier "Stop at once." Eric Partridge speculated that it may have been a corruption of Cease! but its true origin is not known. [Slang; mid-1800s]
n. the boss; the key figure; the leader. Here’s a note from the big cheese telling me to come in for a chat.
1. n. vomit. There’s cheese on the sidewalk. Look out!
2. in. to empty one’s stomach; to vomit. Somebody cheesed on the sidewalk.
3. in. to smile, as for a photographer who asks you to say cheese when a picture is taken. Why are you cheesing? Did something good happen.
4. n. money. (see also cheddar.) I don’t have the cheese to buy a new car.
Cheese it (the cops)!
exclam. Run away, the cops are coming! If you see the fuzz coming, you’re supposed to yell, “Cheese it, the cops!” But I don’t know why. Then they know we’re doing something wrong.
Cheese it !verb
cheese someone off
tv. to make someone very angry. Bobby cheesed off every person in the club.
mod. angry; disgusted. Clare was really cheesed off at the butler.
n. an informer; a rat fink. (Rats eat cheese.) Some cheese-eater called the clerk and warned her we were coming.
mod. smiling. (From the practice of forcing people to smile by saying cheese when attempting to photograph them.) Don’t stand there cheezing. What do you want?
chew the cheese
tv. to vomit. Fred’s out in the bushes, chewing the cheese.
n. smegma; any nasty, smelly substance—real or imagined—that accumulates around the genitals, especially in athletes. (Usually objectionable.) Man, this stuff is vile. It smells like crotch-cheese.
cut the cheeseand cut the mustard and cut a muffin
tv. to release intestinal gas. (Usually objectionable.) People who cut the mustard in the car have to get out and walk! Somebody cut a muffin!
exclam. Please smile! (A phrase said by a photographer who is trying to get someone to smile for a photograph.) Say cheese for the camera, please.
1. To look out. Often used in the imperative.
2. To get away fast; get going. Often used in the imperative.
cut the cheeseVulgar Slang
To expel intestinal gas.
A very important person. The phrase seems to have come from, literally, a very large wheel of cheese. After President Jefferson was given one of Cheshire in 1802, other dairies made and displayed huge wheels for publicity purposes. The cheeses attracted lots of attention, and so it wasn't much of a jump to referring to someone who attracted attention as a “big cheese.” Although some have suggested that “cheese” came from the Hindu word “chiz,” for “thing” that the British heard as “cheese,” no paper trail exists to show that Americans started using the phrase though any transatlantic connection. Similar “big” phrases are more common, such as big deal and big wheel.
chalk and cheese
Two objects that although appearing to be similar are in fact different. Just as certain varieties of crumbly white cheese might at first glance resemble chalk, so for example, siblings who resemble each other might have completely different personalities. They would be said to be as different as chalk and cheese.
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.