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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 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!
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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.
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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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

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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Again, the act of reminding students that an ethical guideline applied to the quiz seemed to be all that was necessary to prevent cheating.
Eisenberg's paper was the only study found that provided evidence on the effect of a cheating deterrent on an attitude held by students.
Richardson said he was ''loaded for bear'' at the outset of the investigation, unconvinced the cheating was confined to a single training unit.
Kaymakcan (2002) found that the number of students who claim that cheating is a theft of knowledge was 6.
Hence, a high level of corruption might promote tolerance and even complicity toward academic dishonesty, suggesting that the incidence of cheating in college in these countries must be higher than in developed ones.
Cheating brings stress and fear and just makes you feel like a total piece of crap.
I always see people getting away with cheating in this class" I told the teacher after raising my hand.
Contextual or environmental factors found to impact cheating include perceptions that other students are cheating (Bunn, Caudill, and Gropper, 1992; Greene and Saxe, 1992; Mixon, 1996; Mixon and Mixon, 1996), and whether or not clear definitions of cheating are given (Burrus, McGoldrick, and Schuhmann, 2007; Franklyn-Stokes and Newstead, 1995).
Outraged, I asked them to stop the collective cheating, but it was in vain.
But while reports of cheating in exams have surged, claims of plagiarism have plunged.
THE number of students reported for cheating in exams at Wales' largest university has almost tripled in the past year.
Recent reports examining the increased incidence of academic dishonesty in higher education have fueled a renewed interest in the subject of academic integrity and methods to reduce cheating.
Trends toward an increase in online courses suggest the need for more research on differing levels of cheating and other acts of academic disintegrity as compared to face-to-face classes.
The study by researchers at UCL and Harvard showed that victims of cheating compare their own payoffs with those of partners when making punishment decisions.