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noun cheek pronunciation in British English /tʃiːk/ 
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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. 2
    [singular/uncountable] behaviour that is rude or does not show respect, especially towards 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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