• WordNet 3.6
    • v cheat defeat someone through trickery or deceit
    • v cheat deprive somebody of something by deceit "The con-man beat me out of $50","This salesman ripped us off!","we were cheated by their clever-sounding scheme","They chiseled me out of my money"
    • v cheat engage in deceitful behavior; practice trickery or fraud "Who's chiseling on the side?"
    • v cheat be sexually unfaithful to one's partner in marriage "She cheats on her husband","Might her husband be wandering?"
    • n cheat a deception for profit to yourself
    • n cheat the act of swindling by some fraudulent scheme "that book is a fraud"
    • n cheat someone who leads you to believe something that is not true
    • n cheat weedy annual native to Europe but widely distributed as a weed especially in wheat
    • n cheat weedy annual grass often occurs in grainfields and other cultivated land; seeds sometimes considered poisonous
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Of married couples, 70% of men and 60% of women have cheated on their spouse
    • Cheat (Bot) A troublesome grass, growing as a weed in grain fields; -- called also chess. See Chess.
    • Cheat An act of deception or fraud; that which is the means of fraud or deception; a fraud; a trick; imposition; imposture. "When I consider life, 'tis all a cheat ."
    • Cheat One who cheats or deceives; an impostor; a deceiver; a cheater. "Airy wonders, which cheats interpret."
    • Cheat (Law) The obtaining of property from another by an intentional active distortion of the truth.
    • Cheat To beguile. "To cheat winter of its dreariness."
    • Cheat To deceive and defraud; to impose upon; to trick; to swindle. "I am subject to a tyrant, a sorcerer, that by his cunning hath cheated me of this island."
    • v. i Cheat To practice fraud or trickery; as, to cheat at cards.
    • n Cheat Wheat, or bread made from wheat. "Their purest cheat ,
      Thrice bolted, kneaded, and subdued in paste."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The United States Treasury Department maintains a fund known as "The Conscience Fund," which accepts money sent in anonymously by taxpayers who think they've cheated the government. The money is used for miscellaneous expenses.
    • n cheat An escheat; an unexpected acquisition; a windfall.
    • n cheat A fraud committed by deception; a trick; an imposition; an imposture.
    • n cheat In law, a fraud is punishable as a cheat only when it deprives another of property (thus, fraudulently inducing a marriage is not termed a cheat);
    • n cheat when it is not such as to amount to a felony (for then it is more severely punishable); and.
    • n cheat when it is effected by some practice or method, other than mere words, which affects or may affect numbers of persons or the public at large, such as the use of false weights.
    • n cheat A person who cheats; one guilty of fraud by deceitful practices; a swindler.
    • n cheat A game at cards, in which the cards are played face downward, the player stating the value of the card he plays (which must always be one higher than that played by the previous player), and being subjected to a penalty if he is discovered stating it wrongly.
    • n cheat Anything which deceives or is intended to deceive; an illusion; specifically, a false shirt-front. See dicky.
    • n cheat The sweetbread. Synonyms Deceit, deception, fraud, delusion, artifice, guile, finesse, stratagem.
    • cheat To confiscate; escheat.
    • cheat To deceive and defraud; impose upon; trick: followed by of or out of before the thing of which one is defrauded.
    • cheat To mislead; deceive.
    • cheat To elude or escape.
    • cheat To win or acquire by cheating: as, to cheat an estate from one.
    • cheat To effect or accomplish by cheating: as, to cheat one's way through the world; to cheat one into a misplaced sympathy.
    • cheat Synonyms To cozen, gull, chouse, fool, outwit, circumvent, beguile, dupe, inveigle.
    • cheat To act dishonestly; practise fraud or trickery: as, he cheats at cards.
    • n cheat See second and third extracts under cheat-bread.
    • n cheat A thing: usually with a distinctive word: as, a cackling cheat, a fowl; belly-cheat, an apron.
    • n cheat In botany: The darnel, Lolium temulentum.
    • n cheat Same as chess.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: While at Harvard University, Edward Kennedy was suspended for cheating on a Spanish exam.
    • v.t Cheat chēt to deceive, defraud, impose upon
    • v.i Cheat to practise deceit
    • n Cheat a fraud: one who cheats
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  • Andrew V. Madson
    Andrew V. Madson
    “Someone who thinks the world is always cheating him is right. He is missing that wonderful feeling of trust in someone or something.”
  • American Proverb
    American Proverb
    “In business partnerships and marriage partnerships, oh, the cheating that goes on.”
  • English Proverb
    English Proverb
    “Cheat me in the price, but not in the goods.”
  • Italian Proverb
    Italian Proverb
    “When the danger is past God is cheated.”
  • Pierre Charron
    Pierre Charron
    “The easiest way to be cheated is to believe yourself to be more cunning than others.”
  • Sophocles
    “I would prefer even to fail with honor than win by cheating.”


Cheat death - If someone cheats death, they narrowly avoid a major problem or accident.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
rob. an abbrevation of escheat, lands or tenements that fall to a lord or to the state by forfeiture, or by the death of the tenant without heirs; the meaning being explained by the frauds, real or supposed, that were resorted to in procuring escheats. See Escheat


In literature:

A little boy like you shouldn't practise cheating.
"The Fifth Form at Saint Dominic's" by Talbot Baines Reed
He had been cheated of it by a remorseless destiny; he had been a baby, and then he had been a man.
"The Snowshoe Trail" by Edison Marshall
Should Hay cheat, denounce him to George Sandal.
"The Opal Serpent" by Fergus Hume
The old rascal deserves to be cheated if we fail.
"Blow The Man Down" by Holman Day
Now that all of you know I didn't mean to cheat, I don't care.
"The Nicest Girl in the School" by Angela Brazil
They have as much Pleasure in cheating a Father and Mother, as in cheating at Cards.
"The Beggar's Opera" by John Gay
The gypsies lost considerably, and I saw clearly that the jockeys were cheating them most confoundedly.
"The Romany Rye A Sequel to 'Lavengro'" by George Borrow
It was mine by good rights, and I hadn't ought to be cheated out of it.
"Little Grandfather" by Sophie May
He that cheats me ance, shame fa' him; he that cheats me twice, shame fa' me.
"The Proverbs of Scotland" by Alexander Hislop
Suppose among the fifty girls in our room this morning, there were one or two who cheated.
"Elizabeth Hobart at Exeter Hall" by Jean K. Baird

In poetry:

The outward show may be delusive,
A cheating name:
The inner spirit is conclusive
Of worth or shame.
"Outward and Inward Virtue" by John Bowring
Now my sense is never so clear.
It cheats my heart,
Making me start
A thousand times, when she is not near.
"Footsteps in the Street" by Robert Fuller Murray
The foolish hopes and fond
That cheat us to the last
Thou shalt not feel; beyond
All these things thou hast passed.
"The Dead Child" by Victor James Daley
Or that the promise he hath made,
Also the threatenings great,
Should in a moment end and fade?
O! no, this is a cheat.
"An Introduction To The Ensuing Discourse." by John Bunyan
I saw the deep and gushing love,
That fearful moment started,
That murmur'd like a turtle dove,
To cheating hope departed.
"A Song Of The Olden Time" by James Avis Bartley
Has changed away my Ape at last
And in its place conveyed,
Thinking therewith to cheat my sight,
A fresh and blooming maid!
"The Ape" by Charles Lamb

In news:

If you're curious about the history, charm, challenge, and growing popularity of 100-mile ultramarathons, and how a few of the most notable stack up against each other, here's a cheat sheet.
MoCo Food Truck Cheat Sheet.
New Guidance Doesn't Mollify FCPA Critics, but Offers Cheat Sheet for Playing Fair.
Can a naturally-produced hormone stop men from cheating.
If monogamy is such an important virtue, why do so many people cheat.
LOS ANGELES – In light of the countless celebrity cheating and sex scandals of 2010, Playboy's legendary founder Hugh Hefner says it all boils down to his original theory that human beings are not meant to be monogamous .
Which makes the whole argument that "he married a supermodel, so why would he need to cheat".
Jude Law cheated on Sienna Miller, for God's sake JFK cheated on Jackie.
Even evolutionary psychologists, once stalwarts of the men-cheat-women-cling school, are questioning whether females are innately monogamous .
Office of Inspector General Report Cheats Kids and Parents.
Paying the Price for Cheating on Sleep .
A blind jazz-rock guitarist cheated death yesterday when he stepped onto the subway tracks at the West 66th Street/Broadway station, but was only grazed by a No.
Cheating vs Open Marriage .
' Open marriage ' isn't a license to cheat, experts say.
For some grown-ups, it's a way to deny that they're cheating.

In science:

Most recently, the authors in showed that the robustness of such games are optimal and can be extended to cover the scenarios when adversaries try to use the memory in the apparatus to cheat.
Self Testing of Partially Entangled States
These nontrivial values of the chirality exponents and the specificheat amplitude ratio appear to be hard to explain from the mean-field tricritical scenario.
Universality of phase transitions of frustrated antiferromagnets
Or perhaps we can imitate nature, but cheat in various ways.
Crystalline Computation
On the other hand, it is also perfectly possible that we can’t cheat very much and still get a system that’s nearly as interesting as our world.
Crystalline Computation
Y > 1 criterion was actually introduced in ref. , where it was also pointed out that it is possible to “cheat” this criteria is the signal gain is much larger than one.
Quantum teleportation criteria for continuous variables