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 1890–95
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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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