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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.
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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.
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