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short-change (one)

To cheat someone out of the amount they had expected or were promised. Fast-food restaurants always short-change you on the soft drinks by filling the cups with ice. I feel like he short-changed the audience by finishing the concert after less than an hour.
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I was being diplomatic by using the word short-change in my previous letter, but Howard Wright's article (Racing Post, December 21) now leaves me with no option but to spell out clearly why I made such a statement.
Unfortunately, the other 18 courses will, in 2003, short-change the rest of the industry by around pounds 3.
Critics have complained that the plan would short-change mass transit by failing to earmark funds for San Fernando Valley busways, the Exposition train line or the mayor's proposed Wilshire Boulevard subway.
While the change provides some level of equity for taxpayers in the nine states that don't have an income tax, the method used by the IRS to implement the law will short-change many that would have benefited.
The council had feared the Government would short-change the county, so put aside pounds 5.
The 5 doesn't short-change you in terms of bells and whistles.