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CHEEK, n. and v. As in St.Eng., but note the following specifically Sc. usages.

I. n.

1. The side of anything, esp. the side of a fire-place or the side-post or jamb of a door. Gen.Sc. Also found in Eng. dial. (E.D.D.). Crm. 1933  D. A. Mackenzie Stroopie Well 3:
When these [bannocks] were thoroughly fired, they were placed on the “cheeks” of the fire-place.
Ags. 1776  C. Keith Farmer's Ha' 4:
They a' drive to the ingle cheek, Regardless o' a flan o' reek.
Rxb. 1923  Kelso Chron. (5 Jan.) 4/2:
“Now daud the snaw off your feet,” and immediately ensued the sound of toeplates and heel-plates coming into contact with the stone door-cheeks.
Slk. 1831  Hogg Songs 104:
How dear the lair on yon hill cheek.

Hence cheek-stane (stone), n. comb., one of the two upright stones which support a grate (Abd.19 1939; Kcb.10 1938, -stone). Sc. [1826]  R. Chambers Pop. Rhymes (1870) 103:
The auld priest was lying snoring wi' his head against the chimney-piece. . . . Jock ga'e him a whack wi' the honey-pig on the head, thinking it was the cheek-stane.

2. Combs.: (1) cheek-blade, “the cheek-bone” (Sc. 1808 Jam.; Rxb. 1923 Watson W.-B.); †(2) cheek-bone, “the bridle of the twelve-oxen plough” (Bnff. 1898 E.D.D.); †(3) cheek-haffit, the side of the face; †(4) cheek-rack, the same as (2) above. (3) Sc. 1824  Scott St Ronan's W. ii.:
There is a sair change on his cheek-haffit since I saw him last.
(4) Bnff. 1902  J. Grant Agric. in Bnffsh. 150 Years Ago 12:
The coulter and sock were of iron, as was also the cheek rack, or staple, near the beam end.
Abd.(D) 1877  W. Alexander North. Rural Life in 18th Cent. vi.:
The only parts [of the plough] made of iron were the coulter and “sock”; and the “cheek-rack” or bridle (if such there were).

3. Phrase: cheek-for-chow(l), -chou(l), -chew, -jowl, cheek by jowl, close together; very friendly (Cai.7 (-chowl), Abd.2, Fif.10, Kcb.10 (-chow) 1939). Often found in dim. cheekie-for-chow(ie) (Bnff.2, Abd.19 1939), also cheek jowey (Mearns3 1920), esp. in ne.Sc. The form chow for cheek is given for ne.Rxb. by Watson W.-B. (1923), obsol. Sc. 1728  Ramsay Poems II. 31:
Our Laird himsell wa'd aft take his Advice. E'en Cheek for Chew he'd seat him 'mang them a'.
Sc. 1822  Scott F. Nigel xxvii.:
It is not seemly to stand cheek-for-chowl confronting us that gate. [Also cheek for choul (1818 Rob Roy xiv.).]
Sc. 1874  A. Hislop Sc. Anecdotes 3:
Followers cheekie for chow, and sidie by sidie.
Ork.(D) 1880  Dennison Orcad. Sk. Bk. 101:
Sae in they geed an doon they sat, Baith cheek for chow taegither.
Bnff. c.1927  (per Abd.4):
They widna speak yesterday, bit they are cheekie-for-chowie the day.
Fif. 1884  “S. Tytler” St Mungo's City I. vii.:
You'll be cheek for jowl with Drysdale Ha'.
Edb. 1788  J. Macaulay Poems 146:
Gang cheek for chou, whare'er we stray, By sable night, or glare o' day.
Rxb. 1821  A. Scott Poems 135:
Till up wi' Bonnie, chow for cheek, His hosts he marshall'd fine.

II. v.

1. To play a curling-stone or bowl so as to make it lie alongside another. Cf. Cheek-stone. Kcb. 1939 10 :
Come and cheek 'm.

2. “To flatter” (Abd. 1790 A. Shirrefs Poems, Gl.; Bnff.5 1926).

3. Followed by: (1) in wi' (wee), to court the favour of; known to Bnff.2 and Abd. correspondents (1939); (2) up, to use insolent language to (Ags.2, Slg.3 1939); given as slang Eng. in Farmer and Henley in sense of “to answer saucily”; (3) up till (to), “to make love to” (Bnff. 1866 Gregor D. Bnff. 25, — till); known to Cai.7, Abd.9, Fif.10, Slg.3 and Kcb. correspondents (1939). (1) Bnff. 1866  Gregor D.Bnff. 25:
He cheekit in wee the aul' man, an' he left something till 'im.
Bnff. 1939 2 :
Leeb tried to cheek in wi' the mistress, bit a'body saw throw her fine.

Hence cheekin'-in, adj., given to flattery, sly. Bnff. 1866  Gregor D. Bnff. 25:
He's a cheekin'-in mannie.
(2)   Ib.:
The twa loons cheekit up ane anither, till a heeld doon ma hehd.
Bnff. 1939 2 :
The smatchit cheekit up the grieve till he got a scoor on the side o' the heid.
(3) Bnff. 1939 2 :
The new demmie wisna a week aboot the toon fan she began to cheek up till the foreman.
Edb. 1895  J. Tweeddale Moff iv.:
She's cheeking up to the men already.

4. In ploughing: to hold the plough canted too much to the left, i.e. “with the left still lower than the right” (Arg.1 1937).

[O.Sc. has cheke, cheik, etc., a side piece or part; esp. one or other of the side-posts of a door or gate, from 1375; also cheikblaid, a jaw-bone, c.1500–c.1512, and cheeky for chow, 1665, as in phr. above (D.O.S.T.).]

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