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Definition of CHEAT

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Cheat \Cheat\, n. [Perh. from OF. chet['e] goods, chattels.] Wheat, or bread made from wheat. [Obs.] --Drayton. [1913 Webster]

           Their purest cheat,
           Thrice bolted, kneaded, and subdued in paste.
                                                    --Chapman. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

Cheat \Cheat\, n. [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}.]
     1. An act of deception or fraud; that which is the means of fraud or deception; a fraud; a trick; imposition; imposture. [1913 Webster]

              When I consider life, 'tis all a cheat. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

     2. One who cheats or deceives; an impostor; a deceiver; a cheater. [1913 Webster]

              Airy wonders, which cheats interpret. --Johnson [1913 Webster]

     3. (Bot.) A troublesome grass, growing as a weed in grain fields; -- called also {chess}. See {Chess}. [1913 Webster]

     4. (Law) The obtaining of property from another by an intentional active distortion of the truth. [1913 Webster]

     Note: When cheats are effected by deceitful or illegal symbols or tokens which may affect the public at large and against which common prudence could not have guarded, they are indictable at common law. --Wharton.

     Syn: Deception; imposture; fraud; delusion; artifice; trick; swindle; deceit; guile; finesse; stratagem. [1913 Webster]

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Cheat \Cheat\, v. i.
     To practice fraud or trickery; as, to cheat at cards. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

Cheat \Cheat\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Cheated}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Cheating}.] [See {Cheat}, n., {Escheat}.]
     1. To deceive and defraud; to impose upon; to trick; to swindle. [1913 Webster]

              I am subject to a tyrant, a sorcerer, that by his cunning hath cheated me of this island. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

     2. To beguile. --Sir W. Scott.
        [1913 Webster]

              To cheat winter of its dreariness.    --W. Irving.

     Syn: To trick; cozen; gull; chouse; fool; outwit; circumvent; beguile; mislead; dupe; swindle; defraud; overreach; delude; hoodwink; deceive; bamboozle. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

Chess \Chess\, n. (Bot.)
     A species of brome grass ({Bromus secalinus}) which is a troublesome weed in wheat fields, and is often erroneously regarded as degenerate or changed wheat; it bears a very slight resemblance to oats, and if reaped and ground up with wheat, so as to be used for food, is said to produce narcotic effects; -- called also {cheat} and {Willard's bromus}. [U. S.] [1913 Webster]

     Note: Other species of brome grass are called {upright chess}, {soft chess}, etc. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

159 Moby Thesaurus words for "cheat":
     ballot-box stuffing, bamboozle, bamboozlement, beat, befool, beguile, beguile of, bilk, blackleg, boodle, bunco, burn, cardsharping, charlatan, cheater, cheating, chicane, chicanery, chisel, chiseler, chouse, chouse out of, clinquant, cog, cog the dice, con, con man, confidence man, counterfeit, cozen, cozenage, cozener, crib, crook, deceit, deceive, deceiver, deception, defraud, defrauder, delude, diddle, diddler, diddling, dishonesty, do, do in, do out of, dodge, doodle, double-cross, double-dealer, double-dealing, duff, dummy, dupe, euchre, evade, fake, fakement, faker, falsify, fiddle, finagle, fishy transaction, flam, fleece, flimflam, flimflam man, flimflammer, fob, fool, forgery, frame-up, fraud, fraudulence, fraudulency, fudge, gerrymandering, gouge, graft, grift, gull, gyp, gyp artist, gyp joint, gypper, hanky-panky, have, hoax, hocus, hocus-pocus, hoodwink, humbug, illicit business, imitation, imposition, impostor, imposture, juggler, junk, lie, mace, mislead, mock, mountebank, mulct, operator, overreach, pack the deal, paste, phony, pigeon, pinchbeck, practice fraud upon, put-on, put-up job, racket, ream, rip off, rip-off, rogue, rook, scam, screw, sell, sell gold bricks, sham, shark, sharp practice, sharper, sharpie, shave, shift, shift about, shoddy, short, shortchange, simulacrum, skin, slick, stack the cards, stick, sting, sucker, swindle, swindler, take, take a dive, take in, thimblerig, throw a fight, tinsel, trick, trickery, trickster, two-timer, victimize, whited sepulcher


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