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noun American English pronunciation: cheek /tʃik/ 
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  1. 1
    [countable] the soft part on each side of your face below your eyes

    Sarah kissed her on the cheek.

    pale/pink/rosy cheeks

  2. 3
    [singular/uncountable] British behavior that is rude or does not show respect, especially toward someone who is older or more important

    I've had enough of your cheek.

    have the cheek to do something:

    He had the cheek to suggest that I should be the one to apologize!

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