shortchange

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shortchange (third-person singular simple present shortchanges, present participle shortchanging, simple past and past participle shortchanged)

  1. To defraud someone by giving them less change than they should be given after a transaction.
    I gave him $10 for a $5 item and he only gave me $1 back. I got shortchanged!
  2. (by extension) To deprive someone of something for which they paid.
    The elective class was easy, but in the end I was shortchanging myself.
  3. To make disadvantaged by design.

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