raw deal(redirected from a raw-deal)
An unfair situation or poor treatment. Mandy really got a raw deal at that job. They passed her over for so many promotions!
an instance of unfair or bad treatment. (*Typically: get ~; have ~; give someone ~.) Mary got a raw deal on her traffic ticket. She was innocent, but she had to pay a big fine. I bought a used TV that worked for two days and then quit. I sure got a raw deal. You sure had a raw deal.
An instance of unfair or harsh treatment, as in After 25 years with the bank Bob got a raw deal-no pension, no retirement benefits of any kind, just a gold watch. Raw here means "crude" or "unfair." [First half of 1900s]
An instance of unfair treatment: got a raw deal from our insurance company.