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1. The fleshy part of either side of the face below the eye and between the nose and ear.
2. Something resembling the cheek in shape or position.
3. Either of the buttocks.
4. Impertinent boldness: had the cheek to insult his hosts.
tr.v. cheeked, cheek·ing, cheeks InformalIdiom:
To speak impudently to.
cheek by jowl
Side by side; close together.
[Middle English cheke, from Old English cēace.]
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- Cheekbones glistening as if they’d been oiled —T. Coraghessan Boyle
See Also: SWEAT
- Cheekbones like bunyons —Steve Stern
- Cheekbones, like little gossamer-covered drums —Eudora Welty
- Cheeks … always a bright inflamed red, as if they’d been scoured —Jean Thompson
- Cheeks … big as a balloon —Njabulo Ndebele
- Cheeks bright as a wooden doll’s —Derek Lambert
- Cheeks bulging like a trumpeter’s —George Garrett
- Cheeks glowing like one of those apples in an expensive fruit shop —Patrick White
- Cheeks had turned to blotches of dull red, like some pigment which has darkened in drying —Edith Wharton
- Cheeks had risen like puffy omelettes [from weight gain] —Phyllis Bottome
- Cheeks … just tinged, like the snow apple —Helga Sandburg
- Cheeks … like a raspberry patch —Truman Capote
- Cheeks … like caves —John Rechy
- Cheeks like poppies —John Galsworthy
- Cheeks … pale as a winter snow upon which a few drops of blood have fallen —Arthur A. Cohen
- Cheeks … round and ruddy as marzipan fruit —Sylvia Plath
- Cheeks … sweet as flowers —The Holy Bible/Song of Solomon
- Cheeks the luscious pink of ripening strawberries —W. P. Kinsella
- Jowls … hanging like wineskins —Z. Vance Wilson
- Red cheeks glistened like polished apples —Anon
- Spots of rouge on her cheekbones like a couple of roses pressed into the pages of a book —George Garrett
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