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slang Run; hide; get out of here; stop what you're doing. Used as an urgent imperative. Cheese it, someone called the cops!
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!
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.
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]
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
Cheese it !verb
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.
McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.
1. To look out. Often used in the imperative.
2. To get away fast; get going. Often used in the imperative.
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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.
Endangered Phrases by Steven D. Price Copyright © 2011 by Steven D. Price