- to give less than the correct change to.
- to deal with unfairly or dishonestly, especially to cheat.
Origin of shortchange
An Americanism dating back to 1890–95
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- to give less than correct change to
- slang to treat unfairly or dishonestly, esp by giving less than is deserved or expected
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Word Origin and History for short-change
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