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hard done-by

Mistreated or abused; cheated; dejected. Often preceded by "feel." The company paid Steve a generous severance package after firing him, but he still claims he was 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!
See also: hard

hard done by

BRITISH
COMMON If you are hard done by, you have been treated unfairly. Those who felt hard done by made their dissatisfaction clear. He really felt they'd been hard done by, and he would have liked to help them. Note: You can use hard-done-by before a noun to describe someone who has been treated unfairly. Sibley plays the role of the hard-done-by husband.
See also: done, hard
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We're genuinely sorry that this punter feels a little hard done by but we are only going by the general rules of the race," he said.
Newport and Merthyr always complain that they're hard done by; it seems to me that the English clubs who have to compete against them are the ones who are really hard done by.
Baillie said: "I feel hard done by but in a way I've let the side down.
I really sympathise with truckers and transport operators who feel hard done by.
WHY do all the drivers who get clamped and fined feel they are being hard done by and victimised?
He felt hard done by at Upton Park and said: "It was an over-reaction from the goalkeeper.
I KNOW that many Liverpool fans felt they were hard done by in not being allocated tickets for the Champions League Final, but I feel they only made matters worse when they arrived in Athens.
BOOKIES may have felt hard done by the scratching of the in-season Roxholme Girl (pictured) from the Regency after seeing chunks ante-post for second-in Westmead Aoifa, but its hard to feel sorry for the old enemy when you hear stories of owners getting knocked back for bets on their runners.
Cardiff City boss Dave Jones felt hard done by as his new look outfit left Ipswich having fallen victim to another set-piece blunder, writes Mark Bloom.
Having promoted them once and being on the verge of doing it again he probably feels very hard done by at the hands of his own supporters.
GREG RUSEDSKI still feels hard done by over his infamous exit from Wimbledon, according to his wife.
Fascists target people who feel hard done by and it must be tempting to vote for someone who promises an end to all unfairness.
Archer, 62, serving four years for perjury, is still convinced he was hard done by.
It would have been easy to whinge and feel hard done by, but John simply picked himself up and got on with it.
I have a relative who works for Royal Mail and from his comments they are far from being hard done by, especially at this time of the year when the overtime payments are at a maximum.