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 for cheat
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Cheat \Cheat\, n. [Perh. from OF. chet['e] goods, chattels.]
     Wheat, or bread made from wheat. [Obs.] --Drayton.
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           Their purest cheat,
           Thrice bolted, kneaded, and subdued in paste.
                                                    --Chapman.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Cheat \Cheat\, n. [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.
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              When I consider life, 'tis all a cheat. --Dryden.
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     2. One who cheats or deceives; an impostor; a deceiver; a
        cheater.
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              Airy wonders, which cheats interpret. --Johnson
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     3. (Bot.) A troublesome grass, growing as a weed in grain
        fields; -- called also chess. See Chess.
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     4. (Law) The obtaining of property from another by an
        intentional active distortion of the truth.
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     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.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Cheat \Cheat\, v. i.
     To practice fraud or trickery; as, to cheat at cards.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Cheat \Cheat\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Cheated; p. pr. & vb. n.
     Cheating.] [See Cheat, n., Escheat.]
     1. To deceive and defraud; to impose upon; to trick; to
        swindle.
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              I am subject to a tyrant, a sorcerer, that by his
              cunning hath cheated me of this island. --Shak.
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     2. To beguile. --Sir W. Scott.
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              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.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Chess \Chess\, n. (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.]
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     Note: Other species of brome grass are called upright
           chess, soft chess, etc.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  cheat
      n 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]
      v 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]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  159 Moby Thesaurus words for "cheat":
     ballot-box stuffing, bamboozle, bamboozlement, beat, befool,
     beguile, beguile of, bilk, blackleg, boodle, bunco, burn,
     cardsharping, charlatan, cheater, cheating, chicane, chicanery,
     chisel, chiseler, chouse, chouse out of, clinquant, cog,
     cog the dice, con, con man, confidence man, counterfeit, cozen,
     cozenage, cozener, crib, crook, deceit, deceive, deceiver,
     deception, defraud, defrauder, delude, diddle, diddler, diddling,
     dishonesty, do, do in, do out of, dodge, doodle, double-cross,
     double-dealer, double-dealing, duff, dummy, dupe, euchre, evade,
     fake, fakement, faker, falsify, fiddle, finagle, fishy transaction,
     flam, fleece, flimflam, flimflam man, flimflammer, fob, fool,
     forgery, frame-up, fraud, fraudulence, fraudulency, fudge,
     gerrymandering, gouge, graft, grift, gull, gyp, gyp artist,
     gyp joint, gypper, hanky-panky, have, hoax, hocus, hocus-pocus,
     hoodwink, humbug, illicit business, imitation, imposition,
     impostor, imposture, juggler, junk, lie, mace, mislead, mock,
     mountebank, mulct, operator, overreach, pack the deal, paste,
     phony, pigeon, pinchbeck, practice fraud upon, put-on, put-up job,
     racket, ream, rip off, rip-off, rogue, rook, scam, screw, sell,
     sell gold bricks, sham, shark, sharp practice, sharper, sharpie,
     shave, shift, shift about, shoddy, short, shortchange, simulacrum,
     skin, slick, stack the cards, stick, sting, sucker, swindle,
     swindler, take, take a dive, take in, thimblerig, throw a fight,
     tinsel, trick, trickery, trickster, two-timer, victimize,
     whited sepulcher
  
  

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