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1 to use dishonest methods to achieve a goal
  • students who cheat on tests end up never knowing anything

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2 to be sexually unfaithful
  • he suspects that his girlfriend is cheating on him

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3 to fall short in satisfying the expectation or hope of
  • the daredevil survived his plunge over the falls with barely a scratch, having cheated death once again

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4 to rob by the use of trickery or threats
  • a despicable confidence man who heartlessly cheated elderly people out of their savings

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cheat, cozen, defraud, swindle mean to get something by dishonesty or deception. cheat suggests using trickery that escapes observation. cheated me out of a dollar cozen implies artful persuading or flattering to attain a thing or a purpose. always able to cozen her grandfather out of a few dollars defraud stresses depriving one of his or her rights and usually connotes deliberate perversion of the truth. defrauded of her inheritance by an unscrupulous lawyer swindle implies large-scale cheating by misrepresentation or abuse of confidence. swindled of their savings by con artists

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The first known use of cheat was in 1590

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“Cheat.” The Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 5 December 2019.

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