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verb (used with object), short·changed, short·chang·ing.
- 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 1890–95Related formsshort·chang·er, noun
Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018
British Dictionary definitions for short-change
Derived Formsshort-changer, noun
- 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
also shortchange, "to cheat by giving too little change to," 1903, from adjectival expression short-change (with man, trick, etc.), 1901, from short (adj.) + change (n.).
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