(New American Roget's College Thesaurus)
v. t., informal, cheat, gyp. See deception.

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  • short-change — ˌshort ˈchange verb [transitive] COMMERCE 1. to treat someone unfairly by cheating them or not giving them what they deserve: • The consumer is tired of being short changed by cartels. 2. to give someone too little change (= money given back to… …   Financial and business terms

  • 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… …   Wikipedia

  • short-change — v [T] 1.) to treat someone unfairly by not giving them what they deserve or hoped for ▪ When the band only played for 15 minutes the fans felt they had been short changed. 2.) to give back too little money to a customer who has bought something… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • short-change — (someone) informal to cheat someone by giving them less than they expected. No one told me the film was only an hour long I was short changed! (usually passive) …   New idioms dictionary

  • short-change — If you are short changed, someone cheats you of money or doesn t give you full value for something …   The small dictionary of idiomes

  • short-change — UK / US verb [transitive] Word forms short change : present tense I/you/we/they short change he/she/it short changes present participle short changing past tense short changed past participle short changed 1) informal to treat someone unfairly or …   English dictionary

  • short-change — verb 1》 cheat by giving insufficient money as change. 2》 treat unfairly by withholding something of value. noun (short change) insufficient money given as change …   English new terms dictionary

  • short-change — short changes, short changing, short changed 1) VERB If someone short changes you, they do not give you enough change after you have bought something from them. [V n] The cashier made a mistake and short changed him. 2) VERB: usu passive If you… …   English dictionary

  • short-change — /ʃɔt ˈtʃeɪndʒ / (say shawt chaynj) verb (t) (short changed, short changing) Colloquial 1. to give less than proper change to. 2. to cheat. –short changer, noun …   Australian English dictionary

  • short-change — verb 1. cheat someone by not returning him enough money (Freq. 1) • Syn: ↑short • Hypernyms: ↑victimize, ↑swindle, ↑rook, ↑goldbrick, ↑nobble, ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • short-change — /ˌʃɔ:t tʃeɪndʒ/ verb to give a customer less change than is right, either by mistake or in the hope that it will not be noticed …   Marketing dictionary in english

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