get the short end

get the short end

To be slighted in some way. Primarily heard in US, Australia. You have to stay calm during business negotiations or else you may end up getting the short end of the stick.
See also: end, get, short
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Instead, they went along with the herd, and agreed to go on misspending taxpayer money - knowing that the agreement lacks integrity, that the taxpayers aren't protected, and the Valley will get the short end of the stick.