get the short end of the stick

get the short end of the stick

  (American & Australian)
to suffer the bad effects of a situation The people who get the short end of the stick are those whose income is just too high to qualify for help from the government.
See also: end, get, of, short, stick
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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.