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cheater (the mod. sense occurs Err. I. ii. 101, 2H4 II. iv. 150; S. plays on the other senses)
1. officer appointed to look after the king's escheats (see CHEAT), who would have opportunities of defrauding people of their estates; used fig. Wiv. I. iii. 75 (F2 “Cheator”), Tit. V. i. 111, Sonn. cli. 3.
2. “tame cheater,” (?) decoy duck or other tame animal used as a decoy 2H4 II. iv. 105.
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    • William Shakespeare, The Comedy of Errors, 1.2
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