- 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 shortchanged
Resources needed to stabilize Afghanistan after a quarter century of war were deployed to Iraq, and Afghanistan was shortchanged.GOP Candidates Are Wrong to Urge a Second Front War in Iran
January 27, 2012