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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 ​leaveschoolunable 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 ​reportclaimed that ​girls were being shortchanged in ​publiceducation, ​particularly in ​math and ​science.
(Definition of shortchange from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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