short-change - definition and synonyms

verb [transitive] 

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present tense
present participleshort-changing
past tenseshort-changed
past participleshort-changed
  1. 1
    informal to treat someone unfairly or dishonestly by giving them less of something than they want or need

    Our children have been short-changed by the education system.

  2. 2
    if someone short-changes you, they do not give you back enough money when you pay them more than the price of something