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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There's no incentive to shortchange a nonprofit -- you can't steal a halo.
"The Big Payback" may be a book that favors desk-jockeys over disc jockeys, but Charnas doesn't shortchange the passion that both parties poured into hip-hop.
“We must not shortchange them, or ourselves, by denying them the resources they need.”
"What I'm not prepared to do is shortchange our children's education," Obama said Saturday in his weekly radio and Internet address.
According to the Brookings Institute, of the many loopholes that riddle U.S. tax code, just one, the "deferral of foreign source income" allows multinational corporations to shortchange Uncle Sam by nearly $34 billion annually.
These risky funds often are guilty of inadequate disclosure of costs, overvaluation of holdings to goose reported performance and manager pay, and cozy ties between funds and brokers that often shortchange investors.
VLF: How much do you think we shortchange boys by toughening them up or allowing the idea of "boys will be boys" to prevail?
Not to shortchange the art history, though: In 1955, Kauffman, Hopps and Jim Newman mounted an art exhibition on a canvas "wall" covering the merry-go-round on the Santa Monica pier.
A few Democrats raised objections to the reductions, arguing that they will shortchange education.
Bernanke - a career academic before joining the government who also served on a local school board in New Jersey - urged state and local leaders not to shortchange education in their efforts to deal with today's fiscal problems.