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checks and balances a governmental mechanism of self-regulation provided for in the U.S. and other constitutions, by which the powers of each branch of government are limited by powers vested in another branch of government.
checkup any examination, esp. a medical examination.
check up on to try to get information about what someone is doing.
cheddar (sometimes cap.) a smooth hard cheese that varies in taste from mild to very sharp.
cheek the side of the face between the jaw and the eye. [3 definitions]
cheekbone the bone just below the eye.
cheeky impertinent or insolent; disrespectful; impudent.
cheep to chirp or make a peeping sound, as a small bird. [2 definitions]
cheer liveliness, happiness, or gaiety. [9 definitions]
cheerful full of cheer or good spirits; happy. [3 definitions]
cheerleader a person who leads spectators in organized cheering for the players at sporting events.
cheerless without joy or cheer; gloomy, dreary, or dismal.
cheery in good spirits or promoting good spirits.
cheese a food made from milk curd that has been pressed into a mass and aged or seasoned in any of a wide variety of ways. [3 definitions]
cheeseburger a hamburger patty cooked with cheese on it.
cheesecake a rich cake containing sweetened cream cheese or cottage cheese, milk, eggs, and flavoring. [2 definitions]
cheesecloth a coarse, open-textured cloth of lightweight cotton, used for straining foods.
cheeseparing meanly or foolishly frugal; stingy. [3 definitions]
cheesesteak a type of sandwich with thinly sliced beef topped with cheese, broiled on a submarine roll.
cheesy resembling cheese. [2 definitions]
cheetah a very swift, long-legged, leopardlike cat of Africa, sometimes trained for hunting game.