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- (idiomatic, slang) An imperative used as a warning to stop, hide, or flee
- 1859, Sala, George Augustus Henry, “Strollers at Dumbledowndeary”, in Gaslight and Daylight, page 328:
- […] he holds earnest parley with some members of the upper gallery who are beguiling the time by pelting us with nut-shells, and broken pipes. Two or three 'hallos!' and 'now thens!' accompanied by a strong recommendation to 'cheese it' (i. e., act of cessation), cause these trifling annoyances to cease.
- 1908, O. Henry, The Voice of the City, page 154:
- The defence of Mr. Conover was so prompt and admirable that the conflict was protracted until the onlookers unselfishly gave the warning cry of "Cheese it—the cop!" The principals escaped easily by running through the nearest open doors into the communicating backyards at the rear of the houses.