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 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 Nevertheless, Harris didn’t shortchange the soulfulness of his voice, which combined with the band’s anthemic, R&B-bent, is key to the appeal. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Summerfest 2019: Chase Rice, Courtney Barnett and more of the best and worst from the side stages on Day 8," 4 July 2019 So many moments of intimacy that are missing and shortchange Claire and Caitriona Balfe. JAMIE Aimee Spinks The TV show this season was much more focused on Jamie than Claire. Outlander Fan, Marie Claire, "How Outlander Season 4 Is Different From Outlander, Book 4, 'Drums Of Autumn'," 29 Jan. 2019 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

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First Known Use of shortchange

1903, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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27 Sep 2019

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“Shortchange.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 22 November 2019.

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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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