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informal To give less than (someone) is entitled to receive; to shortchange (someone). They tried to short us on the sale by including a bunch of bogus service charges as a part of the transaction. If you short me again, I'll take my business elsewhere.
slang A small alcoholic beverage, especially one that is drunk very quickly. I think we have time for a short one before the train leaves. What'll you have? I said I was only going for a short one, but I ended up staying at the bar until 2 AM.
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n. a small or quickly drunk drink of liquor, including beer. (Compare this with tall one.) How about a short one, innkeeper?
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