draw the short straw

draw the short straw

  (informal)
to be the member of a group who has to do an unpleasant job Sorry, Jim, you drew the short straw. You're on toilet-cleaning duty.
See draw a bead on, draw a blank, draw in horns
See also: draw, short, straw
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Charles and Camilla draw the short straw for the annual show, hosted by John Bishop.
Morgan was unlucky to draw the short straw at Twickenham and I know players from both sides hope he recovers as soon as possible.
With seven-out-of-10 women with dependent children now working, mums still draw the short straw in this ludicrous and disruptive stop-go-stop arrangement.
The Under 13s, who have won 16 of their 21 games this season, were the team to draw the short straw.
And after each round there's a bonus puzzle with tasks like racing hotdogs across a grill, firing raspberry sauce on to ice-cream cone targets, or - if you draw the short straw - cleaning the toilets.
Worcester won 21-19 but Saints were saved when Harlequins also lost to draw the short straw.
Cheap airlines always seem to draw the short straw when it comes to allocating landing slots.
So we can only presume that some organisations who request the presence of a member of the Royal Family at a special event simply draw the short straw, get allocated the Duke and then do not have the courage to decline the offer.
The semi-finals will then be down to the favorites: the Netherlands will draw the short straw against the Brazilians, the Italians will beat Argentina.