from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • transitive verb To give (someone) less change than is due in a transaction.
  • transitive verb To treat unfairly or deceitfully; cheat.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

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