To shortchange someone is to give them less than what they deserve. Sometimes people shortchange others because they are not thinking about the consequences of their actions.

  • The store shortchanged the customer by not giving them the product that they bought.

  • The company shortchanged the employees by not paying them what they were owed.

Definition of shortchange


To defraud someone by giving them less change than they should be given after a transaction.


(by extension) To deprive someone of something for which they paid.


To make disadvantaged by design.

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