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cheeknoun

 us   /tʃik/
  • cheek noun (BODY PART)

[C] either side of your face below the eyes, where except at the top the skin has no bone behind it and is therefore soft: She welcomed me with a kiss on the cheek.
  • cheek noun (RUDE BEHAVIOR)

[U] rude behavior or lack of respect: [+ to infinitive] First he messed up my work and then he had the cheek to accuse me of being disorganized.
(Definition of cheek from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)







"cheek" in British English

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cheeknoun

uk   /tʃiːk/  us   /tʃiːk/
  • cheek noun (FACE)

B1 [C] the soft part of your face that is below your eye and between your mouth and ear: The tears ran down her cheeks. rosy cheeks He embraced her, kissing her on both cheeks.

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  • cheek noun (BEHAVIOUR)

[S or U] UK behaviour or talk that is rude and shows no respect: He told me off for being late when he arrived half an hour after me. What a cheek! [+ to infinitive] She's got some cheek to take your car without asking. He had the cheek to ask me to pay for her! She's always getting into trouble for giving her teachers cheek (= being rude to them).

cheekverb [T]

uk   /tʃiːk/  us   /tʃiːk/ UK informal
to be rude to someone: He's always getting into trouble for cheeking his teachers.
(Definition of cheek from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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