hard done-by

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hard done-by

Mistreated or abused; cheated; dejected. Often preceded by "feel." The company paid Steve a generous severance package after firing him, but he still claims he was hard done-by. I don't think you have a right to feel hard done-by since you received the same level of assessment as everyone else!
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YET again, it has emerged just how badly doneby we in the North East are compared with the rest of Britain.
It ended with a proud record gone and his new Sunderland team feeling hard doneby.
Additionally, the marketing doneby the UAE on positioning itself as a medical tourism hub is also helping this cause," he added.
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Betekbayev specified that silicon purification would be doneby Clean Power Innovation, an American company.
We hoped that they would have had it doneby today, but rather than take a decision today we decided to wait for two weeks.
He might think he was hard doneby, but he could have been booked for a bad tackle before he had even had one yellow, never mind two, and it just shows how easily his pace and strength unsettled a World Cup winner.
Civil engineering and construction/installation will be doneby local contractors.
Which if any of those were hard doneby is a matter of opinion.
Bullock had every reason to feel hard doneby given the heroics he'd performed for the previous 83 minutes and the big Englishman know she will have to play like that every week after McCall signed Lars Hirschfeld.
If Birmingham felt hard doneby with the sending-off, the penalty decision merely added insult to injury.
Much of the restorative work was doneby a Rivercare Action Group.