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
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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.