+44 20 7242 2234
Bloomsbury International Youtube Bloomsbury International Facebook Bloomsbury International Twitter Bloomsbury International Instagram Bloomsbury International Skype
Idiom

To have more holes than Swiss cheese

Meaning
To have many problems or faults / to be missing a lot of necessary qualities
Origin
The idiom refers to Swiss cheese such as Emmental, which has many holes in it. In the US, such cheese which has holes in it, is simply referred to as ‘Swiss cheese’. Though the origin of this idiom is unknown, it is a popular one today.
Examples

The more I read about politics, the more I feel like the government has more holes than Swiss cheese.

His classes are a lot of fun. I think he has more holes than Swiss cheese, but he’s a fantastic teacher!

You can write a better essay than this one, John. This work has more holes than Swiss cheese!