shortchange

verb
short·​change | \ ˈshȯrt-ˈchānj How to pronounce shortchange (audio) \
shortchanged; shortchanging; shortchanges

Definition of shortchange

transitive verb

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

Other Words from shortchange

shortchanger noun

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.
Recent Examples on the Web Even when local governments provide scrupulous oversight, the investors are often two steps ahead, developing ways to shortchange the equity applicant. Amanda Chicago Lewis, The New Republic, 4 Apr. 2022 Not only do some employees shortchange employers, but some have transitioned from moonlighting to daylighting, double-dipping salaries during core working hours. Lynne Curry | Alaska Workplace, Anchorage Daily News, 8 Mar. 2022 Legislators consistently shortchange the state’s school funding formula by hundreds of millions of dollars a year. al, 19 Feb. 2022 Legislators consistently shortchange the state's school funding formula by hundreds of millions of dollars a year. Emily Wagster Pettus, ajc, 19 Feb. 2022 It’s long-standing policies and practices that, internationally or not, shortchange and exclude millions of people with disabilities simply because not enough people have bothered to change their thinking or habits. Andrew Pulrang, Forbes, 31 Jan. 2022 However, do not shortchange yourself if capturing a tidy profit is important to you. Bill Jordan, Dallas News, 27 June 2021 Those state court attorneys, caught off guard by the class-action settlement, furiously attacked it as a USC cover-up that would shortchange victims. Matt Hamilton, Los Angeles Times, 2 May 2021 Hazelwood received a 12 ½-year prison sentence in connection with the scheme to shortchange trucking customers on diesel rebates. Arkansas Online, 14 Oct. 2020 See More

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First Known Use of shortchange

1903, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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Last Updated

10 Apr 2022

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“Shortchange.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/shortchange. Accessed 25 May. 2022.

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