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Difference between Give someone short change and Give someone small change

give someone short change —(also: shortchange someone)

1. give a person less than the correct amount of money:

  • After several rounds of drinks had been served, Sullivan accused Cook of giving him short change.

2. treat a person unfairly by not giving him what he deserves:

  • The group feel they are given short change when it comes to being noticed.

give someone small changegive smb. coins of low denomination:

  • By mistake, I gave some small change, in euros, to the waitress. She pointed this out to me and I forked out the pennies that were needed.