Meaning of “shortchange” in the English Dictionary


"shortchange" in English

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shortchangeverb [ T ]

uk /ˌʃɔːtˈtʃeɪndʒ/ us /ˌʃɔːrtˈtʃeɪndʒ/

to give someone back less money than they are owed when the person is buying something from you:

I think I was shortchanged in the café, because I've only got £5 in my purse when I should have £10.

to treat someone unfairly, by giving them less than they deserve:

Children who leave school unable to read and write are being tragically shortchanged.

(Definition of “shortchange” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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shortchangeverb [ T ]

us /ˈʃɔrtˈtʃeɪndʒ/

to give someone or something less money, time, or attention than is deserved:

The report claimed that girls were being shortchanged in public education, particularly in math and science.

(Definition of “shortchange” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)