Simple Definition of shortchange
: to give (someone) less than the correct amount of change
: to give (someone) less than what is expected or deserved
Full Definition of shortchange
1 : to give less than the correct amount of change to
2 : to deprive of or give less than something due : cheat <was shortchanged out of a promotion>
Examples of shortchange
The cashier shortchanged me. I gave her 10 dollars to pay for an $8.95 book, and she only gave me a dollar back.
The band shortchanged its fans by playing for only 30 minutes.
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