shortchange

verb short·change \ ˈshȯrt-ˈchānj \
|Updated on: 7 Jun 2018

Definition of shortchange

shortchanged; shortchanging; shortchanges
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

shortchanger

noun

Examples of shortchange in a Sentence

  1. The cashier shortchanged me. I gave her 10 dollars to pay for an .95 book, and she only gave me a dollar back.

  2. The band shortchanged its fans by playing for only 30 minutes.

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First Known Use of shortchange

1903

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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shortchange Synonyms

Phrases

sell a bill of goods to, take for a ride, take to the cleaners;


SHORTCHANGE Defined for English Language Learners

shortchange

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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