short weight
noun Date: 1789 weight less than the stated weight or less than one is charged for

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • short|weight — or short weight «SHRT WAYT», noun, verb. –n. a weight that is short of the weight charged for by the seller: »... the evil perpetrated by some stores of defrauding the public by shortweights in items they prepackage for sale (New York Times).… …   Useful english dictionary

  • short-weight — ˈ ̷ ̷ˈ ̷ ̷ transitive verb Etymology: short weight : to defraud with short weight * * * short|weight or short weight «SHRT WAYT», noun, verb. –n. a weight that is short of the weight charged for by the seller: »... the evil perpetrated by some… …   Useful english dictionary

  • short weight — noun : weight less than the stated weight : underweight * * * n. weight that is less than that declared unscrupulous retailers give short weight by including an excessive amount of packaging …   Useful english dictionary

  • short weight — The offense of a seller of goods or merchandise of a particular weight in delivering a short weight for the full price. 56 Am J1st Wts & L § 46 …   Ballentine's law dictionary

  • short-weight — transitive verb Date: 1926 to defraud with short weight …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • short-weight — cheat on weight, give less than the proper weight …   English contemporary dictionary

  • short weight — noun weight that is less than that declared …   English new terms dictionary

  • short — adj., adv., n., & v. adj. 1 a measuring little; not long from end to end (a short distance). b not long in duration; brief (a short time ago; had a short life). c seeming less than the stated amount (a few short years of happiness). 2 of small… …   Useful english dictionary

  • short — /ʃɔ:t/ adjective, adverb 1. for a small period of time ♦ in the short term in the near future or quite soon ♦ to borrow short to borrow for a short period 2. not as much as should be ● The shipment was three items short. ● My change was £2 short …   Dictionary of banking and finance

  • short — /ʃɔ:t/ adjective 1. for a small period of time ♦ in the short term in the near future or quite soon 2. not as much as should be ● The shipment was three items short. ● My change was £2 short. ♦ when we cashed up we were £10 short we had £10 less… …   Marketing dictionary in english

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