Shortchange meaning

shôrtchānj
To give (someone) less change than is due in a transaction.
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To treat unfairly or deceitfully; cheat.
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To give (someone) less money than is due in change.
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To cheat by depriving of something due.
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To defraud someone by giving them less change than they should be given after a transaction.

I gave him $10 for a $5 item and he only gave me $1 back. I got shortchanged!

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(by extension) To deprive someone of something for which they paid.

The elective class was easy, but in the end I was shortchanging myself.

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To make disadvantaged by design.
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