|1.||the curd of milk separated from the whey and variously prepared as a food|
|2.||a mass or complete cake of this substance|
|3.||any of various substances of similar consistency, etc: lemon cheese|
|4.||slang big cheese an important person|
|5.||as alike as chalk and cheese, as different as chalk and cheese See chalk|
|[Old English cēse, from Latin cāseus cheese; related to Old Saxon kāsi]|
(A.S. cese). This word occurs three times in the Authorized Version as the translation of three different Hebrew words: (1.) 1 Sam. 17:18, "ten cheeses;" i.e., ten sections of curd. (2.) 2 Sam. 17:29, "cheese of kine" = perhaps curdled milk of kine. The Vulgate version reads "fat calves." (3.) Job 10:10, curdled milk is meant by the word.
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]