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1. interjection Said when one is having one's picture taken, as it is meant to produce a smile as one says it. A: "OK, everyone—smile and say 'cheese'!" B: "Cheese!"
2. slang Money. I got a tutoring gig to earn a little extra cheese on the side. With the amount of cheese they're pulling in every month, they can afford to pay me a little extra for my services.
3. slang Excessive or exaggerated sentimentalism, especially in art, music, or writing; schmaltz. The film is chock-full of cheese, to be sure, but it would take a heart of stone not to be moved by it all the same. Her latest romance novel has all the typical cheese we've come to expect by this point.
4. slang A combination of heroin with crushed tablets of over-the-counter drugs containing acetaminophen and diphenhydramine. There has been a sudden surge of teenagers dying of cheese overdoses in the area.
5. slang In baseball, a fastball, especially one that is particularly difficult to hit. The cheese this pitcher can throw is something incredible to behold!
6. vulgar slang Smegma.

cheese (someone or something)

slang In video games, to reduce an opponent's or enemy's health by deliberately and repeatedly using moves that are difficult or impossible for them to block. A noun or pronoun can be used between "cheese" and "down." He was supposed to be the toughest boss in the whole game, but I managed to lure him into a corner and cheese him without much difficulty.
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old cheese

slang An older woman, especially a wife or mother. Primarily heard in Australia. A: "Where are you two going on your trip?" B: "Oh, the old cheese and I will be off on an island getaway!" Well, I've been grounded for the past week, so I doubt the old cheese will let me go out with you guys this weekend.
See also: cheese, old
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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.
McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.
References in classic literature ?
I called for the cheeses, and took them away in a cab.
I took my ticket, and marched proudly up the platform, with my cheeses, the people falling back respectfully on either side.
From Euston, I took the cheeses down to my friend's house.
"It's cheeses. Tom bought them in Liverpool, and asked me to bring them up with me."
`put upon.' The presence of your husband's cheeses in her house she would, I instinctively feel, regard as a `put upon'; and it shall never be said that I put upon the widow and the orphan."
"Very well, then," said my friend's wife, rising, "all I have to say is, that I shall take the children and go to an hotel until those cheeses are eaten.
She kept her word, leaving the place in charge of the charwoman, who, when asked if she could stand the smell, replied, "What smell?" and who, when taken close to the cheeses and told to sniff hard, said she could detect a faint odour of melons.
The hotel bill came to fifteen guineas; and my friend, after reckoning everything up, found that the cheeses had cost him eight-and-sixpence a pound.
'Stilton Cheese' means, Put the Mare to; and 'Old Madeira' Stand by the trap.
After this no man spake more, but each munched away at his bread and cheese lustily, with ever and anon a pull at the beer.
"I, too," quoth Robin, "have had enough, I think." As for Little John and the Tanner, they had by this time eaten every crumb of their bread and cheese.
See if you'll get a stranger to lead such a life here as that: a maggot must be born i' the rotten cheese to like it, I reckon.
Bumble, 'that's the great principle; and that's the reason why, if you look at any cases that get into them owdacious newspapers, you'll always observe that sick families have been relieved with slices of cheese. That's the rule now, Mrs.
The vegetables in the gardens, the milk and cheese that I saw placed at the windows of some of the cottages, allured my appetite.
The girl met him at the door, helped to relieve him of his burden, and taking some of the fuel into the cottage, placed it on the fire; then she and the youth went apart into a nook of the cottage, and he showed her a large loaf and a piece of cheese. She seemed pleased and went into the garden for some roots and plants, which she placed in water, and then upon the fire.