hard done-by

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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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WELL, yes, I suppose it's nasty to laugh at the hard done-by, but those fans of reality star Scott Dislick (never heard of him but gather he has Karshadian connections) court leg-pulling.
The Baggies were certainly hard done-by at Stamford Bridge when Chelsea were awarded an equalising 94th-minute penalty for a tumble by Ramires (above).
We definitely feel hard done-by," said the Crewe boss.
It might also be an idea for prison inspectors to consider victims when they make comments about prisoners being hard done-by.
I'm devastated for the lads and we feel hard done-by.
WHAT on earth do all these poor, hard done-by soccer prima donnas think they have to strike about?
But I thought we were hard done-by and had plenty of opportunities to win.
Perhaps Bruce would like to venture an opinion as to why his so hard done-by team has such a blunt strikeforce and secured only one victory in their last 18 Premier away games.
This was not a devastating defeat, merely a setback, and Newcastle fans should not feel hard done-by.