1 part of the face
flushed, hot, warm
smooth, soft
ashen, pale, pallid
blushing, crimson, pink, red, rosy
hollow, sunken

His red-rimmed eyes and sunken cheeks betrayed his lack of sleep.

chipmunk (AmE), chubby, plump, puffy (AmE)
tear-stained, wet

Her cheeks were wet with tears.

brush, caress, dab, dab at, pat, rub, stroke, touch

She dabbed at her cheeks with a handkerchief.

kiss, peck
give (sb)

She proffered her cheek to kiss.

press, rest

He rested his cheek on her shoulder.

blaze, blush, burn, flame, flush, grow hot, redden, warm

He felt his cheeks burning with shame.

across sb's/the cheek

She gave him a sharp slap across his cheek.

against sb's cheek

She laid her cheek against his.

down sb's cheek

A tear slid down her cheek.

in sb's cheeks

She had a healthy bloom in her cheeks.

on sb's/the cheek

He kissed her on both cheeks and got on the train.

bring the colour/color (back) to sb's cheeks
color floods (to) your cheeks (AmE), the colour/color rises to your cheeks, the colour/color rushes to your cheeks

Colour/Color flooded to her cheeks when she realized she was being watched.

She smiled at him and the colour/color rose to his cheeks.

a kiss on the cheek, a peck on the cheek

She gave him a peck on the cheek and said goodbye.

2 (BrE) lack of respect
awful, barefaced, colossal

It's an awful cheek, the way he keeps asking you to lend him money.


He's got a cheek, making you wait outside his office.

of all the cheek!, what a cheek!

He asked you for money? Of all the cheek!

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