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shortchange

[shawrt-cheynj] /ˈʃɔrtˈtʃeɪndʒ/
verb (used with object), shortchanged, shortchanging.
1.
to give less than the correct change to.
2.
to deal with unfairly or dishonestly, especially to cheat.
Origin
1890-1895
1890-95, Americanism
Related forms
shortchanger, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for short-change

short-change

verb (transitive)
1.
to give less than correct change to
2.
(slang) to treat unfairly or dishonestly, esp by giving less than is deserved or expected
Derived Forms
short-changer, noun
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Word Origin and History for short-change
v.

also shortchange, "to cheat by giving too little change to," 1903, from adjectival expression short-change (with man, trick, etc.), 1901, from short (adj.) + change (n.).

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