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Topic: HUMAN

Language: Old English
Origin: ceace

cheek

1 noun
     
cheek1 W3
1 [countable]HBH the soft round part of your face below each of your eyes:
Lucy stretched up to kiss his cheek.
Billy had rosy cheeks and blue eyes.
her tear-stained cheeks
Julie's cheeks flushed with pleasure at the compliment.
red-cheeked/hollow-cheeked/rosy-cheeked etc
a red-cheeked, plump old fellow
2 [singular,uncountable] British English disrespectful or rude behaviour, especially towards someone in a position of authority:
I've had enough of your cheek.
have the cheek to do something
He had the cheek to make personal remarks and expect no reaction.
She's got a cheek; she just goes on till she gets what she wants.
It's a bit of a cheek, asking me for money.
What a cheek! Of course I read the instructions!
3

cheek by jowl (with somebody/something)

very close to someone or something else:
an expensive French restaurant cheek by jowl with a cheap clothes shop
4

turn the other cheek

to deliberately avoid reacting in an angry or violent way when someone has hurt or upset you
5

cheek to cheek

if two people dance cheek to cheek, they dance very close to each other in a romantic way
6 [countable] informalHBH one of the two soft fleshy parts of your bottom [= buttock]
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