Green’s Dictionary of Slang

cheaters n.2

[they help the male genitals, eyes, teeth or female breasts cheat their own inadequacies]

1. (orig. US, also cheaters eyes, cheeters, eye cheaters) glasses, spectacles, esp. dark glasses; thus smoke cheaters, dark glasses.

[US]B. Fisher A. Mutt in Blackbeard Compilation (1977) 141: What chance would Napoleon have had of buffaloing the kings of Europe if he had had to bull them while peeping through a brace of eye cheaters.
[US]Van Loan ‘For the Pictures’ in Taking the Count 337: He wears a big pair of black-rimmed cheaters.
[US]A.J. Barr Let Tomorrow Come 40: He’s an old gink with funny cheaters an’ a Dinwiddie.
[US]W. Winchell ‘On Broadway’ 11 Nov. [synd. col.] Theorists argue Leopold and Leob would have got away with the killing of Bobby Franks had not Leopold’s spectacles been found near the body. Smart cops insist, however [...] finding the ‘cheaters’ merely hastened the collar.
[US]Mezzrow & Wolfe Really the Blues 177: Cocking his sorrowful eyes over those hornrimmed cheeters.
[US]C. Himes Real Cool Killers (1969) 43: ‘Take those cheaters off’ [...] ‘Aw hell, Sheik, they couldn’t tell me from nobody else. Half the cats in Harlem wear their smoke cheaters all night long.’.
[US]Ragen & Finston World’s Toughest Prison 794: cheaters – Spectacles, eye-glasses.
[UK]D. Powis Signs of Crime 177: Cheaters Eyes. Sometimes spectacles or sunglasses.
[US]H. Rawson Dict. of Invective (1991) 77: cheaters, which can refer to false teeth, spectacles, and falsies or other padding for deceptively enhancing one’s physical attributes.
[US] (ref. to 1930s) in J. Breslin Damon Runyon (1992) 346: Men who wore glasses had on ‘cheaters’ or were called ‘four-eyed.’.

2. close-fitting men’s underpants, usu. with elastic legbands.

[UK]Partridge DSUE (8th edn) 202/2: cheaters. Close-fitting (male) pants, esp. if with elastic leg-bands; from ca. 1910; †.

3. pads which are placed in a brassiere to suggest a fuller breast.

[Aus]L. Glassop Lucky Palmer 156: Cheaters [...] make mountains out of molehills. They make young girls look like Lana Turner with four skeins of wool around her.
[Aus]Cusack & James Come in Spinner (1960) 105: ‘My God, I’ve got a chest like Lana Turner.’ [...] ‘You be grateful for it. D.D.T. has to wear cheaters.’.
[Aus]D. Hewett Bobbin Up (1961) 193: Why doncha get a coupla cheaters luv, an’ you wouldn’t look so much like a man dressed up.
[US]Dahlskog Dict. Contemp. and Colloq. Usage.
[US]H. Rawson Dict. of Invective (1991) 77: cheaters, which can refer to false teeth, spectacles, and falsies or other padding for deceptively enhancing one’s physical attributes.

4. (orig. US) false teeth.

[US] in DARE.
see sense 3.