Definition of shortchange in English:


Syllabification: short·change
Pronunciation: /ˈSHôrtˈCHānj


[with object]
  • 1Cheat (someone) by giving insufficient money as change: I’m sure I was shortchanged at the bar
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    • Can I sue my corner shop if they short-change me?
    • If you are short-changed at a supermarket checkout point it might be a mistake.
  • 1.1Treat unfairly by withholding something of value: residents perennially complain about their own children’s needs being shortchanged
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    • We have, therefore, chosen to live quietly with the ban, confident that sooner or later Government would realise that ultimately it is short-changing the people.
    • The poll, conducted by the University of Pennsylvania's National Annenberg Election Survey, underscored the way that the irrational clustering of the primaries short-changes voters.
    • When it does resurface, on the final page of the book, it short-changes the reader dramatically and disappointingly.

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