cheat sheet


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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web So, here’s your cheat sheet on how to catch up with this year’s best picture nominees to get ready for the Oscars extravaganza, which will be broadcast Sunday, March 12, on ABC. oregonlive, 25 Jan. 2023 Take a cheat sheet with you — this one, for example. Phillip Valys, Sun Sentinel, 25 Nov. 2022 Here's our cheat sheet for six iconic artifacts from the ancient world. Bridget Alex, Discover Magazine, 6 Oct. 2022 Here is a cheat sheet for the big issues facing voters: Left-wing gains? Times Staff, Los Angeles Times, 7 Nov. 2022 Think of it as a cheat sheet for the confusing business of politics. WIRED, 8 Nov. 2022 There often isn't a cheat sheet explaining what's what—getting your hands on what looks best, and experiencing the wide range of flavors available, is all part of the fun. Megha Mcswain, Chron, 17 Oct. 2022 Here's a cheat sheet that could help bring you up to speed. Elizabeth Weise, USA TODAY, 10 July 2022 Here’s a cheat sheet to put some alternatives into context. Yael Klass, Forbes, 26 Apr. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1935, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of cheat sheet was circa 1935

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Cite this Entry

“Cheat sheet.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Mar. 2023.

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