Detective Lingo

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Detective lingo:  cheese it or cheeze it.  exclamation. 1 A warning or command to cease an improper activity in order to avoid detection. 2 To run away or disperse. c1810 to present. Orig. “cheese it, the cops.” Cf.

From the Dictionary of American Slang, Second Edition, published by the Thomas Y. Crowell Co., New York, 1975.