1. a thing; usu. in combs., e.g. grunting-cheat n.; quacking cheat n.; smelling-cheat n.
|Caveat for Common Cursetours in Viles & Furnivall (1907) 86: Now we have well bous, let us strike some chete Nowe we have well dronke let us steale some thinge.|
|Lanthorne and Candle-Light Ch. 1: Which word cheate being coupled to other wordes, stands in very good stead, and does excellent service: For a Smelling cheate, fignifies a Nofe : a Pratling chete, is a tongue.|
|Gypsies Metamorphosed 4: ’Tis thought fit he marche in the Infants Equipage With the convoy cheates, and peckage out of the clutch of Harman-beckage, to theire Libkens at the Crackmans or some skipper of the Black-mans.|
|Eng. Rogue I 51: Quacking cheat, A Duck.|
|Academy of Armory Ch. iii item 68c: Canting Terms used by Beggars, Vagabonds, Cheaters, Cripples and Bedlams. [...] Cheat, a stollen thing: but the word Cheat joined to others, hath then a variable signification, a Nab cheat, a Hat, or Cap, &c.|
|Dict. Canting Crew n.p.: Strike all the Cheats, c. Rob all you meet.|
|Triumph of Wit 194: Rum-hooper, tip us presently a Boosing-cheat of Rum gutlers [Drawer, fill us presently a Bottle of the best Canary].|
|Street Robberies Considered 30: Ba Cheat, a Sheep, Belly Cheat, Apron.|
|, , ,||Universal Etym. Eng. Dict.|
|Scoundrel’s Dict. 15: A Bottle – Boozing cheat.|
|Tinkler-Gypsies of Galloway 104: The following words appear to be still in use in one form or another amongst Galwegian tinkler-gypsies – Cheat (pronounced chaet) – A thing.|
2. a stolen thing.
|Caveat for Common Cursetours.|
|Tyde taryeth no Man in (1863) II 47: But, cosen Cutpurse, if ought thou do get, / I pray thee let me haue part of thy cheate. / I meane not of thy hanging fare, / But of thy purse, and filched share.|
|O per se O O1: To Strawling [sic] Ken, the Mort bings then to fetch lowre for her cheats.‘Canting Song’|
|‘A Wenches complaint for . . . her lusty Rogue’ Canting Academy (1674) 17: Duds and cheats thou oft hast won.|
|‘Rum-Mort’s Praise of Her Faithless Maunder’ in Musa Pedestris (1896) 36: [as cit. a.1674].|
3. (UK und.) a portion, a measure.
|Crabtree Lectures 191: Mort. Ile tell thee queere Cove, thou must maund at the Gigger for Pannum and Casum, or a cheat of queere bowse, or Kacklen Cheate, and whid rumpsie.|
4. see chats n.1