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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!
See also: cheat, sheet

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.
See also: cheat, Worms

cheat at (something)

To act deceptively or unfairly while completing a task or participating in a competition. My little brother cheats at every board game, so it's not much fun to play with him.
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cheat on (someone or something)

1. To act deceptively or unfairly while completing a task or participating in a competition. I can't believe that Katie cheated on the test—I always thought she was an honest person.
2. To be unfaithful to one's romantic partner. Well, I heard that Jane cheated on Rob, and that's really why they're getting divorced.
See also: cheat, on

cheat (one) out of (something)

To steal or deny one one's due property by swindling. That dishonest real estate broker cheated us out of millions.
See also: cheat, of, out

cheats never prosper

People who use dishonest means will not find true success. I'm not too worried about Eric getting ahead of me in the class rankings. I know he cheated on his last test, and cheats never prosper!
See also: cheat, never, prosper

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.
See also: cheat, on

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.
See also: cheat, of, out

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.
See also: Cheat, never, prosper

cheat on

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

cheat on

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.
See also: cheat, on
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According to Donald McCabe of the Center for Academic Integrity at Rutgers University, we are also teaching out children to cheat.
But Harder said he has cheated only on small 10-point quizzes and wouldn't cheat on a midterm or final.
Niantic has warned that the use of cheat apps is subject to a permanent ban or temporary suspension from the game.
He labels the extent to which we can cheat and maintain our honest identity as a "personal fudge factor.
Students' average estimate of the percentage of students who think that it is socially acceptable to cheat will not differ between the low and high deterrence conditions.
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In light of this, lecturers believe that a students' tendency to cheat will result in a decreasing quality of work in their future professional lives.
In fact, empirical proof of the effectiveness of the GMAT Cheat Sheet recently became available when 87% of its buyers reported increases of 30 points or more in their GMAT scores.
Authors have found that, when peers frequently cheat, the probability of any individual to become a cheater is higher.
Yes, I would cheat on the test because I believe assessments are a waste of time and dumb.
I also see students preparing to cheat in elaborate ways in order to minimize the chance of getting caught.
While there does exist agreement between students and faculty in defining obvious instances of academic dishonesty (using cheat sheets or glancing on another student's paper during an exam), students and faculty do not agree on other types of potential dishonesty (discussing an exam with a student who has not taken it and using an old test for exam preparation) (Barnett and Dalton, 1981; Graham et al.
Her request baffled me completely; "how on earth is this woman asking us to cheat during our final exam?