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shortchange

verb [T] uk   /ˌʃɔːtˈtʃeɪndʒ/  us   /ˌʃɔːrt-/
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 properly are being tragically shortchanged.
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