- 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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Examples from the Web for shortchange
Like all other government entities in the U.S., Puerto Rico has many people to shortchange before it will stiff its bondholders.Wall Street’s Disconnect
October 22, 2013
Did they really think he would diss Obama, or shortchange him—or do anything but support him wholeheartedly?Obama, Clinton Scored Back to Back Home Runs With Their Speeches
September 8, 2012