Etymology
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short-change (v.)

also shortchange, "to cheat by giving too little change to," 1903, from adjectival expression short-change (with man, trick, etc.), 1901, from short (adj.) + change (n.).

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Definitions of short-change

short-change (v.)
cheat someone by not returning him enough money;
Synonyms: short
short-change (v.)
deprive of by deceit;
Synonyms: victimize / swindle / rook / goldbrick / nobble / diddle / bunco / defraud / scam / mulct / hornswoggle / con
From wordnet.princeton.edu