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cheater an escheator ( “an officer appointed by the Lord Treasurer, who observed the Escheats due to the King in the County whereof he was Escheator, and certified them unto the Chancery or Exchequer, Cowell's Law Dict. ed. 1727 ): “I will be cheater to them both” THE MERRY WIVES OF WINDSOR, i. 3. 66 (with a quibble); “I will bar no honest man my house, nor no cheater” 2 HENRY IV., ii. 4. 98. (where the Hostess misunderstandscheater as used by Falstaff)

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