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He held her hand affectionately in his, and often drew her toward him, that he might kiss her cheek.

There was a scar on one cheek, and, altogether, he was not very prepossessing in his appearance.

The fingers that held the petal tingled, and a flush rose in her cheek.

No, he could not—which admission did not lessen the glow on his cheek.

Couldst see by his cheek and eye that he is as bitter as verjuice.

At this revelation a vivid blush glowed on Gracie Dennis' cheek.

But, once again in the machine, he bent over and put his cheek against hers.

She had kissed him lightly on the cheek before he knew what she intended to do.

It would be for most people, but I think you underestimate your cheek, as you call it.

Didn't Shandy always have a gob of it in his cheek—the dirty pig?

WORD ORIGIN

Old English ceace, cece "jaw, jawbone," in late Old English also "the fleshy wall of the mouth." Perhaps from the root of Old English ceowan "chew" (see chew (v.)), or from Proto-Germanic *kaukon (cf. Middle Low German kake "jaw, jawbone," Middle Dutch kake "jaw," Dutch kaak), not found outside West Germanic.

Words for "cheek," "jaw," and "chin" tend to run together in IE languages (e.g. PIE *genw-, source of Greek genus "jaw, cheek," geneion "chin," and English chin); Aristotle considered the chin as the front of the "jaws" and the cheeks as the back of them. The other Old English word for "cheek" was ceafl (see jowl).

In reference to the buttocks from c.1600. Sense of "insolence" is from 1840, perhaps from a notion akin to that which led to jaw "insolent speech," mouth off, etc. To turn the other cheek is an allusion to Matt. v:39 and Luke vi:29.

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