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CHATE, CHAIT, CHAET, v. and n. Sc. (mainly ne.Sc.) forms of St.Eng. cheat. For similar vowel change, cf. Bate and Chape. For Sc. usages, see Cheat. [tʃet]

1. v. To cheat (Bnff.2 1939; Abd.(D) 1916 G. Abel Wylins fae my Wallet 133, chait; 1929 J. Alexander Mains and Hilly 105, chaet; Abd.2, Fif.1, Slg.3 (chate) 1939).

Hence chate-my-guts (Ags.16 1939), -the-belly, n.phrs., “a puffed-up pastry biscuit” (Bnff.2 1939; Abd.4 1928; Fif.10 1939).

2. n. A cheat, fraud (Bnff.(D) 1927 E. S. Rae Hansel fae Hame 50, chate; Kcb.1 1939).

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