Also used to describe the act of grating Cheddar, Romano, Parmesan, or any other style of cheese for culinary purposes.
"My arms were so tired after that workout I could hardly crank the cheese grater. Huge turn off."
"After receiving our soup at an Italian restaurant, the waiter proceeded to crank the cheese grater over out meals until we gave him the cue to stop. It was totally appropriate given the situation."