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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 death

To survive something that was extremely dangerous or had a high likelihood of killing one. I thought for sure that crash would be the end of Sam, but he cheated death and pulled through. The doctors were amazed that I recovered from the virus, saying that I had cheated death.
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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.
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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. © 2022 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.
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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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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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Research has found lower levels of cheating in online classes may have been subject to volunteer biases that influence findings.
Similar to Berentsen (2002), Curry and Mongrain (2009) explore cheating behavior in contests in which players make a dichotomous choice whether to cheat or not.
On Thursday, ADAK said that it will support the suspension of cheating athletes by Athletics Integrity Unit while Athletics Kenya warned those involved in doping to stop the vice.
The spokesman said the district administration had also banned gathering of irrelevant people in and around the examination centres to curb provision of cheating material to the students.
Davis, author of Cheating in School: What We Know and What We Can Do, points out that cheaters are more likely to lie and commit felonies.
Contrary to the SMORC model, cheating actually decreased slightly at the highest payout amounts.
(2010) find from vignettes that "seeing others cheat increases cheating behavior by causing students to judge the behavior less morally reprehensible [more attractive], not by making rationalization easier."
The number of accused and the duration of cheating are greater than was known when the Navy announced in February that it had discovered cheating on qualification exams by an estimated 20 to 30 sailors seeking to be certified as instructors at the nuclear training unit at Charleston, South Carolina.
Another serious phenomenon affecting our educational outcomes is cheating during exams.
The institutional concept of cheating or plagiarism is considered a form of academic dishonesty (Godden, 2001; McCabe & Pavela, 2000).
This applied dissertation was an inquiry into the phenomenon of cheating among students who take their classes online.
be assured that cheating is in full flow--at least if some of my high school and college students are any measure.
People who work in our high schools know that cheating is rampant but they ignore it: the constant whispering during tests, the scrawled answers on forearms, the use of cell phone cameras to take pictures of "cheat sheets" before finals.
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.