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Cheese

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Something choice (Anglo-Saxon, ceos-an, to choose; German, kiescn; French, choisir). Chaucer says, “To cheese whether she wold him marry or no.”

“Now thou might cheese


How thou couetist [covetest] to calme, now thou

Knowist all mi names.”


P. Ploughman’s Vision.

It is not the cheese. Not the right thing; not what I should choose.

He is quite the cheese or just the cheesei.e. quite the thing. By a double refinement we get the slang varieties, That’s prime Stilton, or double Gloʹsteri.e. slap bang up.

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Entry taken from Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, edited by the Rev. E. Cobham Brewer, LL.D. and revised in 1895.

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