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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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As a result it will "short-change" owners, trainers, jockeys and stable staff by around pounds 1.5 million out of the pounds 3.5 million shortfall in 2003.
TO short-change more than a million low-paid workers in health, education, local councils and the civil service is a cheap trick by the ConDems.
BHB chairman Peter Savill claimed yesterday that a group of 18 racecourses, understood to include those run by Northern Racing and Arena Leisure, would "short-change" racing next year by refusing to sign up to its future funding plan.
The council had feared the Government would short-change the county, so put aside pounds 5.2 million in a bid to soften the blow.
The 5 doesn't short-change you in terms of bells and whistles.