1. a supposed prejudice against small adults
   Yet another category to whom we can be nasty:
    Small step in battle to end shortism. {Daily Telegraph, 12 April 1994 — the victims may well have been vertically challenged before battle commenced)
   2. the greedy pursuit of shortterm gain
   Financial jargon for seeking profits quickly regardless of the consequences to third parties, rather than waiting for growth in the medium term.

How not to say what you mean: A dictionary of euphemisms. . 2014.

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  • vertically challenged —    of short stature    But not a mountaineer. See also challenged:     A better deal for the vertically challenged was urged yesterday by Dr David Weeks, a consultant psychiatrist, who said that shortism was as pernicious as sexism and racism.… …   How not to say what you mean: A dictionary of euphemisms

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