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cheat (one) out of (something)

To steal or deny one their due property by swindling. That dishonest real estate broker cheated us out of millions.
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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 out

In theater, to turn one's body on stage so that the audience is better able to hear and see one, even if it is less natural or realistic within the scene. Thomas, you keep turning your back to the audience. Cheat out a bit, please. The actor cheated out so much during the play that I was no longer able to suspend my disbelief.
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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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cheats never prosper

proverb 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!
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

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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The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

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
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs. Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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'Sleep cheating,' however, is the 'Friends' equivalent of 'we were on a break.' Like that time Ross slept with another woman while his relationship with Rachel hit a bump in the road, cheaters argue that sleep cheating does not count.
Fortunately, most cheaters know only what the websites tell them.
Friendly: British ex-pat David Cheater and his two-year-old daughter Raffaela and, below, the Duchess of Cambridge talking to the little girl in the city of Quebec.
We deserve the labels of 'terrorists' and 'cheaters', because our rulers do not want to rid Pakistan of these shameful tags.
The temptation would certainly be great for that person to get some dirt on you, a la "Cheaters."
If all else fails, you can always hire private eyes and a television crew to follow a suspected cheater. Not only will you expose him as a liar, you can also dump him on national television.
According to the account that the medic from B Company gave (based on what Private Cheater told him when Cheater got back to the rally-point), there were grounds to hope that Manning was 'just injured rather than killed because of the way [Cheater] described the way Lenny had fallen'.
This makes it difficult for a cheater to violate the accepted behavioral guidelines without getting caught.
When the cheater finally gets spotted, the show builds to the big climax: a confrontation of the betrayer by the betrayed, recorded in all of its drama by the "Cheaters" cameras.
The use of private mailbox addresses, post office box addresses and toll-free telephone numbers are ways a cheater can keep his actual whereabouts vague.
The Chiller/Heater, or "Cheater," has a self-contained, closed-loop water chiller that does not need an outside source of cooling water.
Now Mitchell, the show's songwriter Stephen Trask, and Cheater (Trask's band, which appears nightly onstage) have completed the latest phase of their bona fide multimedia juggernaut: a cast album.
I refer to a pair of simultaneous successes this spring, a stroll apart in the West Village: Dress to Kill, the one-man show by the English comic Eddie Izzard, and Hedwig and the Angry Inch, the rock musical cowritten by John Cameron Mitchell and Stephen Trask, and performed by them, Miriam Shot, and Trask's fine band, Cheater. Both star a man in women's clothes (actually Hedwig features both a man in women's clothes and a woman in men's clothes, and as for Izzard, "I wear my clothes," he says.
"To negotiate the city's morass of rent - control laws, one must become either cheater or victim - or both," ran the subhead to John Tierney's thoughtful account of a subtenant paying over a thousand dollars per month under the table to the primary legal tenant of a regulated apartment, a tenant who no longer resides in New York and is not planning to return.