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Byline: KATE SULLIVAN
A soft blush can signify modesty or embarrassmentor artful cosmetics. Below, we get cheeky.
5:39: Chapter and verse in the Bible's Book of Matthew in which Jesus says, "If someone strikes you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also."
2nd: Century wealthy Palestinian women applied red liquid rouge to their cheekbones with a linen cloth.
1748: Year "tongue in cheek," as a literal gesture signifying contempt, was used in Tobias George Smollet's The Adventures of Roderick Random .
97: Years later the phrase was used in the modern, ironic sense in the poem "The Ingoldsby Legends."