Definition of short-change verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    short-change

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//ˌʃɔːt ˈtʃeɪndʒ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌʃɔːrt ˈtʃeɪndʒ//
     
    [often passive]Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they short-change
    BrE BrE//ˌʃɔːt ˈtʃeɪndʒ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌʃɔːrt ˈtʃeɪndʒ//
     
    he / she / it short-changes
    BrE
     
    ; NAmE
     
    past simple short-changed
    BrE BrE//ˌʃɔːt ˈtʃeɪndʒd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌʃɔːrt ˈtʃeɪndʒd//
     
    past participle short-changed
    BrE BrE//ˌʃɔːt ˈtʃeɪndʒd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌʃɔːrt ˈtʃeɪndʒd//
     
    -ing form short-changing
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    ; NAmE
     
    Cost and payment
     
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  1. 1short-change somebody to give back less than the correct amount of money to somebody who has paid for something with more than the exact price I think I've been short-changed at the bar. Wordfinderbuy, discount, loyalty card, purchase, receipt, reduction, refund, short-change, store card, voucher See related entries: Cost and payment
  2. 2short-change somebody to treat somebody unfairly by not giving them what they have earned or deserve America is short-changing half its young adults by treating those who don’t attend college as failures.