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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To give (someone) less change than is due in a transaction.
  • transitive v. Informal To treat unfairly or deceitfully; cheat: "a deceitful cook who skimps on ingredients and shortchanges guests” ( Jacques Pepin).

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  • v. To defraud someone by giving them less change than they ought to be given after a transaction.
  • v. To deprive someone of something for which they paid.
  • v. To make disadvantaged by design.

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  • 1. to give less than the correct change to.
    2. to deal with unfairly or dishonestly, esp. to cheat.

    December 11, 2006