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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!
See also: cheat, never, prosper
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.
See also: Cheat, never, prosper
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]
See also: cheat, on
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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Those living in Norwich were the worst, with a whopping 21 per cent confessing they had cheated on a partner they had gone on holiday with while away.
* Take-Two Interactive won a default judgement against the cheat creator.
The student who got the text then made a cheat sheet from those answers and distributed it to more than 30 classmates (most of whom were caught and suspended).
They have cheated over four times, and 5 percent confessed they have done so by hiding in another room to stream that episode.
Nixon, a man who cheated even at golf, you have to cheat to
Most of these cheat codes are subject with either "on/off" or "true/false" depending on the format.
Many additional studies have sought to determine student-specific and campus factors that influence why students cheat. Individual student characteristics that impact academic dishonesty include age, gender, grade point average, and membership in a fraternity or sorority (Baird, 1980; Burrus, McGoldrick, and Schuhmann, 2007; Lambert, Ellen, and Taylor, 2003; Leming, 1980; McCabe and Trevino, 1997).
It's because everyone cheats in one way or another at his or her work place.
However we wanted to know what precisely makes people want to punish cheats," said Dr Raihani.
In this context, the article focuses on the conditions for a no-cheating equilibrium and identifies three effects which determine whether an individual decides to cheat: the likelihood effect (cheating improves the probability of winning), the cost-effect (how cheating affects effort costs), and the base-salary effect (if a player cheats, he reduces his expected base salary because there is a chance he will get caught).
Consider a tournament in which players make a simple dichotomous choice to cheat or not; a player who cheats increases his average output by x.
A resource guide for faculty provides brief background information concerning the following: a) definitions of cheating and plagiarism, b) who cheats and why, c) strategies to reduce cheating, d) techniques for dealing with cheating in the classroom, and e) related resources.
Research: A nation of cheats. Phi Delta Kappan, 86(5), 412-413.