Aphetic form of escheat (“the reversion of property to the state if there are no legal claimants”), from Old French
- (intransitive) To violate rules in order to gain advantage from a situation.
- My brother flunked biology because he cheated on his mid-term.
- (intransitive) To be unfaithful to one's spouse or partner.
- My husband cheated on me with his secretary.
- (transitive) To manage to avoid something even though it seemed unlikely.
- He cheated death when his car collided with a moving train.
- I feel as if I've cheated fate.
- (in modern usage, only used with "cheat someone out of" or "cheat one's way into something") To deceive; to fool; to trick.
- My ex-wife cheated me out of $40,000.
- He cheated his way into office.
- break the rules
violate rules to gain advantage
manage to avoid something
cheat (plural cheats)
- Someone who cheats (informal: cheater).
- A card game where the goal is to have no cards remaining in a hand, often by telling lies.
- A hidden means of gaining an unfair advantage in a computer game, often by entering a cheat code.
someone who is dishonest or cheats
unfair advantage in a computer game