cheat sheet


Definition of cheat sheet

1 : a sheet containing information (such as test answers) used secretly for cheating
2 : a written or graphic aid (such as a sheet of notes) that can be referred to for help in understanding or remembering something complex

Examples of cheat sheet in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But for those who’d like to hit a range of spots and ‘hoods, here’s a cheat sheet. Matt Kettmann,, "How to explore the urban wine scene of Santa Barbara," 30 July 2019 This comes in part from the fact that the Cullinan has a cheat sheet. Dan Carney, Popular Science, "The first Rolls-Royce SUV has tricks that might actually justify its price tag," 5 Oct. 2020 Common Sense made a handy draft cheat sheet for schools that has even more good questions for parents. Washington Post, "Back to school laptop guide: Pandemic survival edition," 10 Aug. 2020 And of course, there's the all-important draft cheat sheet -- with player rankings, both overall and by position. Steve Gardner, USA TODAY, "Top 200 players in fantasy football for the 2020 NFL season," 1 Aug. 2020 Want a cheat sheet to download, print out and take with you on your travels? Kellie Hwang,, "Road trip checklist: How to prep for California car travel in the coronavirus pandemic," 20 June 2020 Consider this your caucus night cheat sheet for the places to watch. Dante Chinni, NBC News, "Caucus Night: What to watch for in Iowa's key counties," 2 Feb. 2020 But someone finds the cheat sheet anyway, and Betty and Alice both get suspended — from school and work. Jessica Macleish, Teen Vogue, "Jughead Sure Has Been Lying to Betty a Lot on "Riverdale"," 30 Jan. 2020 Last season, the Red Sox were among the teams that had pitchers keep sign-sequence cheat sheets in their hats out of concern for sign-stealing. Alex Speier,, "MLB to investigate allegations that Red Sox illegally stole signs in 2018 using video replay room," 7 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of cheat sheet

circa 1935, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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25 Oct 2020

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“Cheat sheet.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Oct. 2020.

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