[ shawrt-cheynj ]
/ ˈʃɔrtˈtʃeɪndʒ /
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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.
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Origin of shortchange
An Americanism dating back to 1890–95
OTHER WORDS FROM shortchangeshortchanger, noun
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How to use shortchange in a sentence
The bill for Wills and Kate, both 30, was short change compared to the ever-extravagant Prince Charles.The Nine Juiciest Bits from The Royal Accounts|Tom Sykes|July 3, 2012|DAILY BEAST
He says he's doing very well over there, and has only come home for a short change.Elster's Folly|Mrs. Henry Wood
Fluff, railway ticket clerks slang for short change given by them.The Slang Dictionary|John Camden Hotten
From flim-flam (returning short change) to burglary is but a step, provided one has the nerve.The Autobiography of a Thief|Hutchins Hapgood
British Dictionary definitions for shortchange
to give less than correct change to
slang to treat unfairly or dishonestly, esp by giving less than is deserved or expected
Derived forms of short-changeshort-changer, noun
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