Definition of short-change in English:

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short-change

Pronunciation: /ˌʃɔːtˈtʃeɪndʒ/

verb

[with object]
1Cheat (someone) by giving insufficient money as change: I’m sure I was short-changed at the bar
More example sentences
  • 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: (as adjective short-changed) I felt short-changed when United left five of their stars at home
More example sentences
  • 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.

noun

(short change) [mass noun]
Insufficient money given as change.

Words that rhyme with short-change

arrange, change, counterchange, estrange, exchange, grange, interchange, Lagrange, mange, part-exchange, range, strange

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