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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 Informal
To speak impudently to.
cheek by jowl
Side by side; close together.

[Middle English cheke, from Old English cēace.]
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  1. Cheekbones glistening as if they’d been oiled —T. Coraghessan Boyle

    See Also: SWEAT

  2. Cheekbones like bunyons —Steve Stern
  3. Cheekbones, like little gossamer-covered drums —Eudora Welty
  4. Cheeks … always a bright inflamed red, as if they’d been scoured —Jean Thompson
  5. Cheeks … big as a balloon —Njabulo Ndebele
  6. Cheeks bright as a wooden doll’s —Derek Lambert
  7. Cheeks bulging like a trumpeter’s —George Garrett
  8. Cheeks glowing like one of those apples in an expensive fruit shop —Patrick White
  9. Cheeks had turned to blotches of dull red, like some pigment which has darkened in drying —Edith Wharton
  10. Cheeks had risen like puffy omelettes [from weight gain] —Phyllis Bottome
  11. Cheeks … just tinged, like the snow apple —Helga Sandburg
  12. Cheeks … like a raspberry patch —Truman Capote
  13. Cheeks … like caves —John Rechy
  14. Cheeks like poppies —John Galsworthy
  15. Cheeks … pale as a winter snow upon which a few drops of blood have fallen —Arthur A. Cohen
  16. Cheeks … round and ruddy as marzipan fruit —Sylvia Plath
  17. Cheeks … sweet as flowers —The Holy Bible/Song of Solomon
  18. Cheeks the luscious pink of ripening strawberries —W. P. Kinsella
  19. Jowls … hanging like wineskins —Z. Vance Wilson
  20. Red cheeks glistened like polished apples —Anon
  21. Spots of rouge on her cheekbones like a couple of roses pressed into the pages of a book —George Garrett
Similes Dictionary, 1st Edition. © 1988 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.
References in classic literature ?
She rubbed her cheeks quickly and fiercely to bring back the color Sarah had driven out of them, and delayed a moment longer to put on her tan lisle-thread gloves.
She wept for very pleasure when she felt their little arms clasping her; their hard, ruddy cheeks pressed against her own glowing cheeks.
Another little visit to the seashore would suit her better, and as Grandma could not be prevailed upon to leave the babies, Jo took Beth down to the quiet place, where she could live much in the open air, and let the fresh sea breezes blow a little color into her pale cheeks.
As it was, she started when he appeared at the end of the side-alley, and looked up at him with two great drops rolling down her cheeks. What else could he do but speak to her in a soft, soothing tone, as if she were a bright-eyed spaniel with a thorn in her foot?
The tears rolled down Philip's cheeks, but he did not answer.
Strands of her black hair lay round her inflamed and perspiring cheeks, her charming rosy mouth with its downy lip was open and she was smiling joyfully.
The tinge in his cheeks was heightened by the mellow glow of the sun's rays as they shone through the medium of the rose- coloured curtains of the window, and Charlotte thought she once more beheld the returning colour of health where it had been so long absent.
She withdrew her hands quickly, I had never seen her make so rapid a movement; and her cheeks flushed.
So far was the skin on his cheeks from being cherry-coloured, that you could not discern what the natural colour of his cheeks was, they being totally overgrown by a black beard, which ascended to his eyes.
She was very pale, except for a faint spot of pink colour in her cheeks.
Dodo looked up in amazement into the sweet young face; the blood rushed to his cheeks, and the tears to his eyes.
He felt a shock himself, and a blush of embarrassment shone faintly on his sunburned cheeks, though to him it burned as hotly as when his cheeks had been exposed to the open furnace-door in the fire- room.