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Date: 1500-1600
Origin: cheat 'legal removal of someone's property' (14-17 centuries), from escheat

cheat

1 verb
     
cheat1
1 [intransitive and transitive] to behave in a dishonest way in order to win or to get an advantage, especially in a competition, game, or examination:
He had cheated in the test by using a calculator.
Don't look at my cards - that's cheating.
cheat at
She claimed that I cheated at chess.
2 [transitive] to trick or deceive someone so that they do not get or keep something they have a right to have:
Illegal workers are often cheated by employers.
cheat somebody (out) of something
She cheated her aged aunt out of her fortune.
3

feel cheated

to feel that you have been treated wrongly or unfairly and have not got what you deserve:
She felt cheated and used.
4

cheat death/fate etc

to manage to avoid death or a very bad situation even though it seemed that you would not be able to:
The Italian ace cheated death in a spectacular 100 mph crash.
5

be cheated of victory/success etc

if you are cheated of victory, success etc, you do not achieve it because of something unfortunate that happens

cheat on somebody

phrasal verb
to be unfaithful to your husband, wife, or sexual partner by secretly having sex with someone else:
The magazine claims that almost half of Britain's women cheat on their partners.

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