Synonyms of cheat in English:


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1‘customers were cheated by unscrupulous retailers’

swindle, defraud, deceive, trick, dupe, hoodwink, double-cross, gull
exploit, take advantage of, victimize
informal do, diddle, rip off, con, bamboozle, rob, fleece, shaft, sting, have, bilk, rook, gyp, finagle, flimflam, put one over on, pull a fast one on, take for a ride, lead up the garden path, sell down the river, pull the wool over someone's eyes
North American informal sucker, snooker, goldbrick, gouge, stiff, give someone a bum steer
Australian informal pull a swifty on
British informal, dated rush
archaic cozen, chicane, sell
rare illude, mulct

2‘she cheated Ryan out of his fortune’

deprive of, deny, prevent from gaining, preclude from gaining
rob of, do out of

3‘a schoolboy cheated death when he was struck by lightning’

avoid, escape, evade, elude, steer clear of, dodge, duck, miss, sidestep, bypass, skirt, shun, eschew
foil, frustrate, thwart, balk, defeat

4‘people who had cheated in the past were more accepting of others' infidelity’

commit adultery, be unfaithful, stray, be untrue, be inconstant, be false
informal two-time, play away, play around


1‘he called the principal witness a liar and a cheat’

swindler, cheater, fraudster, trickster, confidence trickster, deceiver, hoaxer, hoodwinker, double-dealer, double-crosser, sham, fraud, fake, crook, rogue, charlatan, quack, mountebank, racketeer
informal con man, con artist, shark, sharper, phoney, hustler, flimflammer, flimflam man
British informal twister
North American informal grifter, bunco artist, gold brick, chiseller
Australian informal shicer, magsman, illywhacker
South African informal schlenter
dated confidence man, confidence woman
rare defalcator, tregetour

2‘Is there a sure cheat for generating cash?’

swindle, fraud, deception, deceit, hoax, sham, trick, ruse, dodge, stratagem, blind, wile, Trojan horse
trickery, imposture, artifice, subterfuge
informal con, leg-pull