Definition of shortchange in US English:



[with object]
  • 1Cheat (someone) by giving insufficient money as change.

    ‘I'm sure I was shortchanged at the bar’
    • ‘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.’
    swindle, defraud, deceive, trick, dupe, hoodwink, double-cross, gull
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    1. 1.1 Treat unfairly by withholding something of value.
      ‘artists have been short-changed by people who stream music without paying’
      ‘residents perennially complain about their own children's needs being shortchanged’
      • ‘Segregation short-changes the students by denying them exposure to one half of their society.’
      • ‘Pensioners who are short-changed by the benefits system could double their income by making sure they get what they deserve.’
      • ‘Once again Africa's people have been short-changed.’
      • ‘‘This body has short-changed our people,’ Edgardo Angara, an opposition senator, said.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘We've short-changed our fans at home over the last two years.’
      • ‘Frankly, to provide anything less than the above requirements is unconscionable, and as a digital camera maker you know better that to short-change your customers this way.’
      • ‘Decades of dry and barren materialism have left us feeling short-changed and cheated.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Opponents and unions accused Bradford Council of short-changing the district's children to secure the Serco company's profits by capitulating to its demands.’
      • ‘So yes, most people have every right to feel short-changed by this government.’
      • ‘Now, in the first place, this professor short-changed his students, who pay a lot of money to attend classes at the university.’
      • ‘I would be pleased to hear it if people feel they have been short-changed or misled.’
      • ‘Offer solutions instead of dwelling on how Indian Affairs has short-changed us.’
      • ‘Why do the English-language newspapers short-change their readers?’
      • ‘We also didn't want to short-change our fans with an uncompetitive match.’
      • ‘A small Bradford charity is fighting to stop disabled people being short-changed when it comes to sporting and leisure activities.’
      • ‘Short people may be short-changed when it comes to salary, status and respect, according to a University of Florida study that found tall people earn considerably more money throughout their lives.’
      • ‘David Joy says meetings with Glasgow City Council have convinced him the local authority is not about to short-change Scotland's athletes.’
      • ‘When it does resurface, on the final page of the book, it short-changes the reader dramatically and disappointingly.’