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

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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 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, "For USC women, largest-ever sex abuse payout leaves bitterness, vast disparities," 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, "U.S. appeals court tosses 3 Pilot Flying J convictions," 14 Oct. 2020 These inequities threaten to exacerbate wide and persistent disparities in public education that shortchange students of color and those from low-income families, resulting in potentially lasting harm to a generation of children. Anchorage Daily News, "A generation left behind? Online learning cheats poor students," 23 Aug. 2020 But the relevant evidence suggests that in offering ineffective, superficial remedies to the complex problems of prejudice and exclusion, diversity training will shortchange campus communities and short-circuit critical thinking. Amna Khalid, The Conversation, "Why diversity training on campus is likely to disappoint," 5 Aug. 2020 But this time, DeVos’ private school policy would directly shortchange poor students. Derek W. Black, The Conversation, "Giving private schools federal emergency funds slated for low-income students will shortchange at-risk kids," 16 May 2020 That shortfall, in turn, will shortchange schools, economic development, state parks, veterans’ affairs and the Oregon Health Authority, all of which receive dedicated revenues from the lottery. oregonlive, "Oregon’s budget in the age of coronavirus: “Bad news on every front”," 26 Apr. 2020 Or whether, yet again, Boeing will be able to give all the upside to Wall Street and shortchange Main Street in the process. Washington Post, "Boeing’s crisis is largely of its own making," 26 Mar. 2020 The state House overwhelmingly passed its version of a new two-year budget Friday, but some lawmakers said the unwillingness to tap into more revenue sources would shortchange many of the state’s pressing funding needs. USA TODAY, "Conch contest, golf tree, Geena Davis: News from around our 50 states," 9 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of shortchange

1903, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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4 May 2021

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“Shortchange.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 May. 2021.

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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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