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"a bit of a cheek"

Posted by James Briggs on June 29, 2003

In Reply to: "A bit of a cheek" posted by janes_kid on June 29, 2003

: Another phrase from the "Brit Coms" on PBS that is not completely understood by us older Americans. Situation: two women surprise a male friend by thrusting him into a tedious situation where he is frustrated or at least ambivilant as to how to respond, later the women apologize saying "it was a bit of a cheek". We are not clear what "a bit of a cheek" means.

To be 'cheeky' is condidered to be a little impertinent, irreverent etc. 'A bit of a cheek' is colloquial English for being a little bit impertinent, etc