cut the cheese
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This idiom references the foul smell emitted by some cheeses, many of which have a rind that keep the odor in. Once the rind is pierced, as in the case of slicing it, the smell is released.
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- (Canada, US, idiomatic, euphemistic, slang) To flatulate.
- Hey, who cut the cheese?
- Used other than with a figurative or idiomatic meaning: see cut, cheese.
- cut the cheese in the Dictionary.com Unabridged, v1.0.1, Lexico Publishing Group, 2006.