Definition of cheat in English:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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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- 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.
- 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.
- Use all of your skill and cunning to beat your opponents in a breathtaking game of Cheat!
- If I play a game of Cheat with my children, I must lie, because that is part of the game.
late Middle English: shortening of escheat (the original sense).
This started out as a shortening of escheat, a legal term for the reverting of property to the state when the owner dies without heirs. As an extension of this, the word came to mean ‘to confiscate’, and then ‘to deprive someone of something unfairly’. Finally, the senses ‘to practise deception’ and ‘to try to get an advantage by breaking the rules’ came to the fore.
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