Top Definition
When shifting in a manual transmission while in the midst of a race you under shift the gear of the car because your not watching the RPM gauge and not shifting at the prefered shift time.
Dude, you could tell that that newb didnt know when to shift cuz you could hear him short shifting the gears in the car
by The carbon fiber 240sx March 25, 2005
1. In a car with manual transmission, shifting gears before the recommended shift time.

2. In golf, to cut short the backswing in half, sometimes trading precision for a faster swing. It does not necessarily affect the distance the ball travels.
1. You see Gary over there? He says he's good with cars, but you can tell every time he shortshifts in his Skyline.

2. Think Tom is a nice guy? Every Sunday, he goes to the course and shortshifts his way to the group in front of him just to be a douche.
by DustFM June 29, 2009
gaining unfair advantage in form of deception
"Fuck over"
"That dude tried to short shift me"
"I short shifted jimmy by telling his client i was him"
"I caught her out lying so i short shifted her with her best friend"
by Cassar November 17, 2006
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