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 Cheek (To).Cheese. 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Cheek by Jowl.
 
In intimate confabulation; tête-à-tête. Cheek is the Anglo-Saxon ceca, céac-bán, cheek-bone; and jowl is the Anglo-Saxon ceole (the jaw); Irish, gial.   1
        “I’ll go with thee, cheek by jowl.”—Shakespeare: Midsummer Night’s Dream, iii. 2.
 


 Cheek (To).Cheese. 

 
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