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English definition of “shortchange”

shortchange

verb [T]     /ˌʃɔːtˈtʃeɪndʒ/ US  /ˌʃɔːrt-/
to give someone back less money than they are owed when they are buying something from you: I think I was shortchanged in the pub last night, because I've only got £5 in my purse when I should have £10.Paying and spending money 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.Unfairness and favouring someone unfairlyJustice and fairnessTreating people or animals badlyInsults and abuseUnkind, cruel and unfeelingViolent or aggressive
(Definition of shortchange verb from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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