short·​change | \ˈshȯrt-ˈchānj \
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

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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.

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But the group's scientists worry that without a study, NASA will simply assume a lander isn't feasible — and in the process, shortchange the scientific merit of the smallest planet. Meghan Bartels,, "What Would It Take to Land on Mercury? It's Time to Find Out, Scientists Say," 30 Aug. 2018 The trade war was triggered by the Trump administration, which argues that existing trade relationships shortchange U.S. industry. Russ Mitchell,, "Tesla's China factory: Will it ever be built?," 10 July 2018 Even with his longest project to date, Drake made sure not to shortchange his collaborators and gave credit to each and every person who contributed to the 25-track project. Alessandra Rincón, Billboard, "Check Out the Full Credits to Drake's 'Scorpion' Album," 29 June 2018 Sales staff at the bank also took steps to shortchange customers by doctoring trade-execution markups or dicing up customer orders to keep portions of trades in the bank’s own account, according to the regulator. Jenny Strasburg, WSJ, "Deutsche Bank to Pay $205 Million Fine to End N.Y. Currency-Trading Probe," 20 June 2018 In other words, make sure the profits from globalization don’t flow only to the 1%, and don’t shortchange the educational system. Michael Hiltzik,, "A radical trade prescription from the Federal Reserve: Stop complaining about China, and pay U.S. workers better," 12 June 2018 Even with his shortest project to date, Yeezy made sure to not shortchange listeners and still enlisted a phalanx of collaborators at his side throughout the creative process. Michael Saponara, Billboard, "Check out the Full Credits to Kanye West's 'Ye' Album," 1 June 2018 However, cost savings can never be an excuse to systematically shortchange first responders with vital information or to deprive the public of their protective services. Phillip Morris,, "Here's what happens when a Cleveland Councilman is mistaken for a toothless panhandler: Phillip Morris:," 20 Aug. 2017 Despite not having been updated since the 2012 model year, the A6’s cabin has withstood the test of time and doesn’t shortchange you in the luxury-car experience. Michael Simari, Car and Driver, "2018 Audi A6," 22 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of shortchange

1903, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of shortchange was in 1903

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English Language Learners Definition of shortchange

: to give (someone) less than the correct amount of change

: to give (someone) less than what is expected or deserved

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