shortchange
transitive verb Date: 1903 1. to give less than the correct amount of change to 2. to deprive of or give less than something due ; cheat <
was shortchanged out of a promotion
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shortchanger noun

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • shortchange — also short change, to cheat by giving too little change to, 1903, from SHORT (Cf. short) (adj.) + CHANGE (Cf. change) …   Etymology dictionary

  • shortchange — [v] cheat bamboozle*, bilk, deceive, defraud, double deal, dupe, finagle, fleece, flimflam, gyp*, hose, mislead, rip off*, rook*, sandbag, scam, screw, shaft, stiff, swindle, take, trick; concepts 59,139,192 …   New thesaurus

  • shortchange — [shôrtchānj′] vt., vi. shortchanged, shortchanging Informal 1. to give less money than is due in change 2. to cheat by depriving of something due shortchanger n …   English World dictionary

  • shortchange — short|change [ ,ʃɔrt tʃeındʒ ] verb transitive 1. ) INFORMAL to treat someone or something in an unfair way by not giving them enough of the praise, opportunities, attention, etc. that they need or deserve: Many people in the office felt that… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • shortchange — (ˈ) ̷ ̷ˈ ̷ ̷ transitive verb Etymology: short change 1. : to give less than the correct amount of change to charged that the cashier had shortchanged him 2. : to deprive of something due or to give less than the due amount of to : cheat most… …   Useful english dictionary

  • shortchange — {v. phr.} To return less money to a customer in a store than is coming to him or her; cheat. * /I was shortchanged by the cashier when I got seven dollars back instead of eight./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • shortchange — {v. phr.} To return less money to a customer in a store than is coming to him or her; cheat. * /I was shortchanged by the cashier when I got seven dollars back instead of eight./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • shortchange — shortchanger, n. /shawrt chaynj /, v.t., shortchanged, shortchanging. 1. to give less than the correct change to. 2. to deal with unfairly or dishonestly, esp. to cheat. [1890 95, Amer.] * * * …   Universalium

  • shortchange — verb a) To defraud someone by giving them less change than they ought to be given after a transaction. I gave him $10 for a $5 item and he only gave me $1 back. I got shortchanged! b) To deprive someone of something for which they paid. The… …   Wiktionary

  • shortchange — Synonyms and related words: beat, beguile of, bilk, bunco, burn, cheat, chisel, chouse, chouse out of, cog, cog the dice, con, cozen, crib, defraud, diddle, do in, do out of, euchre, finagle, flam, fleece, flimflam, fob, fudge, gouge, gull, gyp,… …   Moby Thesaurus

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