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 in a sentence
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.
First Known Use of shortchange
SHORTCHANGE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of shortchange for English Language Learners
: to give (someone) less than the correct amount of change
: to give (someone) less than what is expected or deserved
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