Grammar Patterns

V way prep/adv

The 'cheat' group

These verbs, when used with way, are concerned with achieving something by means of illegal, immoral, or underhand activities. This is a productive use: any verb which indicates an activity that someone disapproves of can be used with this pattern.
Both the front and business pages of newspapers and magazines are crowded with stories of the great and the good who lied, stole and cheated their way to fame and money.
There are burglars who try to trick or con their way into your home - they often pretend to be on official business.
William had watched disapprovingly as Brian insinuated his way into John's inner circle, becoming, in time, one of John's favourite companions.
A former paramedic tricked his way into a job as a hospital doctor and killed a woman patient through lack of care.
  • bamboozle
  • bribe
  • bully
  • burgle
  • butcher
  • cheat
  • con
  • dominate
  • dupe
  • fake
  • fiddle
  • flirt
  • gamble
  • gobble
  • grovel
  • hustle
  • insinuate
  • inveigle
  • kill
  • lie
  • manipulate
  • massacre
  • mislead
  • murder
  • pillage
  • pimp
  • plot
  • plunder
  • rape
  • rig
  • scheme
  • sleep
  • steal
  • trick
  • wangle
  • weasel
  • wheel and deal
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