Green’s Dictionary of Slang

cheat v.

SE in slang uses

In compounds

cheat-stick (n.) (also cheating-stick)

[1930s–50s] (US campus) a slide-rule.

In phrases

cheat the devil (n.)

[mid-19C] (UK Und.) a false shirt-front.

cheat the worms (v.) [the worms are those encountered in the grave]

[mid–late 19C] to recover from a serious illness.