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cheat sheet

1. A piece of paper or other document containing information about or the solutions to questions of a test or exam, which may be used for cheating, studying, or by someone grading said exam. Jim was caught using a cheat sheet during his test and failed the course as a result. My friend gave me a great cheat sheet to use while studying for my final exam.
2. Any document on which complex or difficult information is summarized so as to allow for easy reference and/or understanding. I made a cheat sheet of everyday Japanese phrases so I would know how to say at least a few things while in Tokyo next week!
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cheat the worms

To avoid death, especially after having a serious illness. Refers to the worms often found near a decaying body. A: "I heard that Ellen cheated the worms! Is that true? Last I saw her, she was so sick." B: "Oh, yeah! She's doing great now!" I hope I can cheat the worms and make a full recovery—but I feel so sick right now.
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cheat at something

to use deception while competing [against someone]. They say she cheats at cards. The mob is likely to cheat at getting the contracts.
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cheat on someone

to commit adultery; to be unfaithful to one's spouse or lover. "Have you been cheating on me?" cried Mrs. Franklin. He was caught cheating on his wife.
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cheat someone out of something

to get something from someone by deception. Are you trying to cheat me out of what is rightfully mine? She cheated herself out of an invitation because she lied about her affiliation.
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Cheats never prosper.

 and Cheaters never prosper.
Prov. If you cheat people, they will not continue to do business with you, and so your business will fail. Customer: You charged me for ten artichokes, but you only gave me nine. Grocer: Too bad. You should have counted them before you paid for them. Customer: Cheats never prosper, you know.
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cheat on somebody

to have a sexual relationship with a person while you are married to someone else or are having a relationship with someone else It's hard to believe that he cheated on you.
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cheat on

Be sexually unfaithful to, as in They broke up right after she found he was cheating on her. [Colloquial; 1920s]
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cheat on

v.
1. To behave fraudulently during some process or activity: The teacher caught the student cheating on the test.
2. To be unfaithful to someone, especially a spouse or lover: I hired a private detective to see if my spouse was cheating on me.
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As an alternative explanation to SMORC, Ariely proposes an identity-based model for cheating, summarized in this question: Can you look yourself in the mirror after cheating and still count yourself honest?
There was never any question'' that the reactors were being operated safely, he said in an AP interview, yet the cheating was a stunning violation of Navy ethics.
Certainly, as seen on its web page, the Yemeni Ministry of Education continues its efforts toward improving the instructional quality in schools and takes a stand on cheating incidents.
I'm not sure how you found out your husband was cheating on you but it doesn't matter.
Infidelity affects women profoundly -- the fear, stress, and worry that their partner is cheating spreads like a cancer to every other area of their lives, affecting their jobs, their friendships, their self-esteem, and their children.
The school found any cheating would elevate other students' grades but not lower hers, because students are graded on a point system.
As the cash payments increased, so did this smarty's cheating skills.
The SQA statistics on cheating, revealed after a Freedom of Information request, show 92 were caught cheating at English.
He said that the students avoid doing hard work in the exams and they depend on cheating to go through the exams.
During half of the tests I take, I see students blatantly cheating.
While universities nationwide continue to revamp policies, increase penalties, and work harder to detect cheating, large numbers of students continue to admit to cheating and large numbers of faculty witness cheating in their classrooms.
I THINK everyone who loves football would agree that, when a player dives, he is cheating.
Ahmed attends public school in Zaqaziq, Sharqiya, and he wishes his teachers had stricter policies towards cheating.
Her classmates are in constant competition for standout grades and admission into the most selective colleges--and they're cheating their way to the top.
THE number of students reported for cheating in exams at South Wales' largest university has almost tripled in the past year, new figures reveal.