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 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 That emphasis initially caused concern that the administration would neglect or shortchange larger institutions like the Metropolitan Museum of Art and Lincoln Center in favor of smaller ones outside Manhattan. Robin Pogrebin, New York Times, "With Final Gracie Mansion Show, First Lady Aims to Secure Arts Legacy," 20 Feb. 2020 On the other hand, House Bill 846 might shortchange some Georgians. Nyamekye Daniel, Washington Examiner, "Multiple tax changes could be on the way in Georgia," 21 Feb. 2020 That's because persistent systemic barriers and loopholes in existing equal pay laws continue to shortchange women. CNN, "The gender pay gap will remain until companies change their ways," 17 Sep. 2019 In the past, advocates have worried that L.A. Unified would shortchange students with disabilities without a powerful, independent monitor — although that same concern would theoretically apply to other school systems as well. Howard Blume, Los Angeles Times, "13% of L.A. students have a significant disability. Is this a better deal for them?," 21 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of shortchange

1903, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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23 May 2020

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“Shortchange.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 May. 2020.

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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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