How Did The 'Big Cheese' Nickname Start?

19 September 2017, 16:11

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We've all heard someone being called the 'big cheese'. But where did this phrase begin?

Mystery Hour Question

Where does the phrase 'big cheese' come from?

Ellie, Southgate

Answer

Name: Terry, Croydon

Qualification: Found the answer while researching lamb and mint sauce

Answer: Elizabeth I introduced more holy days in order to improve sales of certain items. Only fish and cheese could be eaten on a holy day, so being called the 'big cheese' meant you were earning a lot of money.

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