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.

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Origin of shortchange

An Americanism dating back to 1890–95

OTHER WORDS FROM shortchange

shortchanger, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for shortchange

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 forms of short-change

short-changer, noun
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