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 not so pleasant smell is released. This smell can be remarkably similar to one passing gas, depending on the cheese, and the person.


cut the cheese (third-person singular simple present cuts the cheese, present participle cutting the cheese, simple past and past participle cut the cheese)

  1. (Canada, US, idiomatic, euphemistic, slang) To flatulate.
    Hey, who cut the cheese?



  • cut the cheese in the Unabridged, v1.0.1, Lexico Publishing Group, 2006.