- 1 [no object] Act dishonestly or unfairly in order to gain an advantage, especially in a game or examination: she always cheats at cardsMore example sentences
- He has been painted by the Western press as a drunk, a psychotic, an unreconstructed Stalinist, and a guy who cheats at golf.
- It's essentially telling them, either the state is over its head, or it simply is cheating and being dishonest.
- And as long as the financial rewards for success are so lucrative there will always be an incentive to cheat in order to gain any advantage.
- 1.1 [with object] Deceive or trick: he had cheated her out of everything she hadMore example sentences
- The practice becomes illegal when done surreptitiously to cheat the consumer or defraud the taxman.
- As a result, English-speakers say that to defraud, swindle, or cheat someone is to ‘gyp’ them.
- In his role as Consumer Affairs minister, Mr Sutcliffe has to keep up to date with the ever-more ingenious methods criminals employ to cheat and defraud us.
- 1.2 • informal Be sexually unfaithful: his wife was cheating on himMore example sentences
- Of course, one of the women was also cheating on her lover with a man, which so infuriated her lover that it resulted in one woman killing the other in a jealous rage.
- Another guy I know was cheating on his wife, but ultimately broke off the affair and went back to her.
- Well, I found out his girlfriend's e-mail address, and under a false name I told her that her boyfriend had been cheating on her with me and a bunch of other girls.
- 2 [with object] Avoid (something undesirable) by luck or skill: she cheated death in a spectacular crashMore example sentences
- The 86-year-old had already cheated death several times.
- But a Yorkshire honeymoon couple yesterday told how they cheated death - because they were too tired to go out after spending the day sightseeing.
- A miracle baby who cheated death after being born four months early is today a ‘happy and healthy’ boy who has just celebrated his first birthday.
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- 1A person who behaves dishonestly in order to gain an advantage: a liar and a cheatMore example sentences
swindler, cheater, fraudster, trickster, deceiver, hoaxer, double-dealer, double-crosser, sham, fraud, fake, charlatan, quack, crook, snake oil salesman, mountebank• dated confidence man/woman
- Athletes who abide by the rules are up against cheats with a distinct advantage.
- A benefits cheat who dishonestly claimed £22,000 while living a life of luxury said today that no amount of money could buy happiness.
- An honest person will have friends who value honesty, and a dishonest one will have cheats as friends.
- 1.1An act of cheating; a fraud or deception.More example sentences
- Some casinos subscribe to the agency, which protects casinos from cheats and scams.
- It is a sales gimmick, a cheat, a swindle, a scam.
- The film has three slackers riding their way through college on scams, cheats and underhanded stunts.
late Middle English: shortening of escheat (the original sense).