When someone is shortchanged, they are treated unfairly. They may be given less than they deserve, or they may not be given anything at all.

  • She was shortchanged on her pay, and she's not happy about it.

  • The company shortchanged the employees by not giving them a raise.

Definition of shortchanged


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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