get the shaft

get the shaft

Sl. to be cheated; to be taken advantage of; to be mistreated. (See also give someone the shaft.) Why do I get the shaft when I did nothing wrong?
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get the shaft

to be treated very unfairly Congress acted, and the average taxpayer once again got the shaft.
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get the shaft

  (American informal)
if someone gets the shaft, they are not treated in a fair way The tax system is all wrong - the rich just get richer and it's the poor who get the shaft. (American informal)
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When you get the shafts and 45 [degrees] fittings in the correct alignment dry (without glue), carefully mark each with a sharp knife--scribing both the shaft and the stub on the other end of the 45 [degrees] fitting, and the fittings themselves.