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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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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.
They seem to miss no opportunity to short-change or rip off their customers.
But as he defended the salaries of Britain's highest-paid public servants, his Government was planning to short-change low earners.
It short-changes their customers and lets the other suppliers off the hook.
While some states lowered their standards to meet the federal demands, having lower standards short-changes the children, experts say.