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short-change v : cheat someone by not returning him enough money [syn: short]

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  1. To defraud someone by giving them less change than they ought to be given after a transaction.
    I gave him $10 for a $5 item and he only gave me $1 back. I got shortchanged!
  2. In the context of "By extension": To deprive someone of something for which they paid.
    The elective class was easy, but in the end I was shortchanging myself.

Translations

To defraud someone by giving them less change than they ought to be given after a transaction
To deprive someone of something for which they payed

Extensive Definition

Short Change was a consumer affairs programme for children, broadcast on BBC One and later also the CBBC Channel. It was essentially a version of the prime-time show Watchdog but aimed at children. The show was first aired on 20 February 1994, and had 13 series, the last episode broadcast on 9 July 2005.

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Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

beat, beguile of, bilk, bunco, burn, cheat, chisel, chouse, chouse out of, cog, cog the dice, con, cozen, crib, defraud, diddle, do in, do out of, euchre, finagle, flam, fleece, flimflam, fob, fudge, gouge, gull, gyp, have, hocus, hocus-pocus, mulct, pack the deal, pigeon, practice fraud upon, rook, scam, screw, sell gold bricks, shave, stack the cards, stick, sting, swindle, take a dive, thimblerig, throw a fight, victimize
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