Definition of shortchange
- was shortchanged out of a promotion
The cashier shortchanged me. I gave her 10 dollars to pay for an .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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beat, bilk, bleed, cheat, chisel, con, cozen, defraud, do, do in, fiddle, fleece, flimflam, gaff, gyp, hustle, mulct, pluck, ream, rip off, rook, screw, shake down, short, skin, squeeze, stick, stiff, sting, swindle, victimize;
sell a bill of goods to, take for a ride, take to the cleaners;
: to give (someone) less than the correct amount of change
: to give (someone) less than what is expected or deserved
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