shortchange


short·change

transitive verb \-ˈchānj\

: 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>
short·chang·er noun

Examples of SHORTCHANGE

  1. The cashier shortchanged me. I gave her 10 dollars to pay for an $8.95 book, and she only gave me a dollar back.
  2. The band shortchanged its fans by playing for only 30 minutes.

First Known Use of SHORTCHANGE

1903

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