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cheat

verb [I or T] uk   /tʃiːt/ us  
B2 to behave in a dishonest way in order to get what you want: Anyone caught cheating will be immediately disqualified from the exam. He cheats at cards? She cheated in the test by copying from the boy in front. I suspect he cheats the taxman (= avoids paying taxes by using illegal methods).Cheating and trickingPlotting and trapping

cheat

noun uk   /tʃiːt/ us  
[C] a person who behaves in a dishonest way: Trouble broke out in the match when one of the players called a member of the other team a cheat.Dishonest peopleLies, lying and hypocrisyCheating and tricking [S] something dishonest that makes people believe that something is true when it is not: You can use cocoa powder to make the cake rather than chocolate - it's a bit of a cheat, but nobody notices the difference.Cheating and trickingPlotting and trapping [C] a collection of instructions or special information that someone can use to help them play a computer game more successfully: the latest game cheats cheat codesComputer programming and software
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