- 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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Related Words for shortchangedfleece, sting, bamboozle, bilk, deceive, defraud, dupe, finagle, flimflam, gyp, hose, mislead, rook, scam, screw, shaft, stiff, swindle, take, trick
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Contemporary Examples of 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