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cheat

6 definitions found

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Cheat \Cheat\, verb (used with an object) [imp. & p. p. {Cheated}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Cheating}.] [See {Cheat}, noun, {Escheat}.]

1. To deceive and defraud; to impose upon; to trick; to swindle.

I am subject to a tyrant, a sorcerer, that by his cunning hath cheated me of this island. --Shak.

2. To beguile. --Sir W. Scott.

To cheat winter of its dreariness. --W. Irving.

Syn: To trick; cozen; gull; chouse; fool; outwit; circumvent; beguile; mislead; dupe; swindle; defraud; overreach; delude; hoodwink; deceive; bamboozle.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Cheat \Cheat\, noun [rob. an abbrevation of escheat, lands or tenements that fall to a lord or to the state by forfeiture, or by the death of the tenant without heirs; the meaning being explained by the frauds, real or supposed, that were resorted to in procuring escheats. See {Escheat}.]

1. An act of deception or fraud; that which is the means of fraud or deception; a fraud; a trick; imposition; imposture.

When I consider life, 'tis all a cheat. --Dryden.

2. One who cheats or deceives; an impostor; a deceiver; a cheater.

Airy wonders, which cheats interpret. --Johnson

3. (Bot.) A troublesome grass, growing as a weed in grain fields; -- called also {chess}. See {Chess}.

4. (Law) The obtaining of property from another by an intentional active distortion of the truth.

Note: When cheats are effected by deceitful or illegal symbols or tokens which may affect the public at large and against which common prudence could not have guarded, they are indictable at common law. --Wharton.

Syn: Deception; imposture; fraud; delusion; artifice; trick; swindle; deceit; guile; finesse; stratagem.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Cheat \Cheat\, verb (used without an object) To practice fraud or trickery; as, to cheat at cards.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Cheat \Cheat\, noun [Perh. from OF. chet['e] goods, chattels.] Wheat, or bread made from wheat. [Obs.] --Drayton.

Their purest cheat, Thrice bolted, kneaded, and subdued in paste. --Chapman.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Chess \Chess\, noun (Bot.) A species of brome grass ({Bromus secalinus}) which is a troublesome weed in wheat fields, and is often erroneously regarded as degenerate or changed wheat; it bears a very slight resemblance to oats, and if reaped and ground up with wheat, so as to be used for food, is said to produce narcotic effects; -- called also {cheat} and {Willard's bromus}. [U. S.]

Note: Other species of brome grass are called {upright chess}, {soft chess}, etc.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

cheat

noun

1: weedy annual grass often occurs in grainfields and other cultivated land; seeds sometimes considered poisonous [syn: {darnel}, {tare}, {bearded darnel}, {cheat}, {Lolium temulentum}]

2: weedy annual native to Europe but widely distributed as a weed especially in wheat [syn: {chess}, {cheat}, {Bromus secalinus}]

3: someone who leads you to believe something that is not true [syn: {deceiver}, {cheat}, {cheater}, {trickster}, {beguiler}, {slicker}]

4: the act of swindling by some fraudulent scheme; "that book is a fraud" [syn: {swindle}, {cheat}, {rig}]

5: a deception for profit to yourself [syn: {cheat}, {cheating}]

verb

1: deprive somebody of something by deceit; "The con-man beat me out of $50"; "This salesman ripped us off!"; "we were cheated by their clever-sounding scheme"; "They chiseled me out of my money" [syn: {cheat}, {rip off}, {chisel}]

2: defeat someone through trickery or deceit [syn: {cheat}, {chouse}, {shaft}, {screw}, {chicane}, {jockey}]

3: engage in deceitful behavior; practice trickery or fraud; "Who's chiseling on the side?" [syn: {cheat}, {chisel}]

4: be sexually unfaithful to one's partner in marriage; "She cheats on her husband"; "Might her husband be wandering?" [syn: {cheat on}, {cheat}, {cuckold}, {betray}, {wander}]

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