feel hard done-by

feel hard done-by

To feel mistreated, abused, cheated, or dejected. The company paid Steve a generous severance package after firing him, but he still feels 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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We definitely feel hard done-by," said the Crewe boss.
And while a depleted Derry City will feel hard done-by, Sean Connor's men avenged their League Cup defeat at this venue 10 days ago.
I'm devastated for the lads and we feel hard done-by.
Read said: "I would feel hard done-by if I was left out of the one-day squad.
This was not a devastating defeat, merely a setback, and Newcastle fans should not feel hard done-by.