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 Cheese.Cheeseparer (A). 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Cheese.
 
Something choice (Anglo-Saxon, ceos-an, to choose; German, kiescn; French, choisir). Chaucer says, “To cheese whether she wold him marry or no.”   1
       
“Now thou might cheese
       
How thou couetist [covetest] to calme, now thou
Knowist all mi names.”
       
P. Ploughman’s Vision.
   It is not the cheese. Not the right thing; not what I should choose.   2
   He is quite the cheese or just the cheesei.e. quite the thing. By a double refinement we get the slang varieties, That’s prime Stilton, or double Glo’steri.e. slap bang up.   3
 


 Cheese.Cheeseparer (A). 

 
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