shortchange

[ shawrt-cheynj ]
/ ˈʃɔrtˈtʃeɪndʒ /

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.

Nearby words

  1. short-winded,
  2. shortage,
  3. shortboard,
  4. shortbread,
  5. shortcake,
  6. shortcoming,
  7. shortcrust pastry,
  8. shortcut,
  9. shorten,
  10. shortened form

Origin of shortchange

An Americanism dating back to 1890–95

Related formsshort·chang·er, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for short-change

short-change

verb (tr)

to give less than correct change to
slang to treat unfairly or dishonestly, esp by giving less than is deserved or expected
Derived Formsshort-changer, noun

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Word Origin and History for short-change

short-change

v.

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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