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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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Which if any of those were hard doneby is a matter of opinion.
He might think he was hard doneby, but he could have been booked for a bad tackle before he had even had one yellow, never mind two, and it just shows how easily his pace and strength unsettled a World Cup winner.
Bullock had every reason to feel hard doneby given the heroics he'd performed for the previous 83 minutes and the big Englishman know she will have to play like that every week after McCall signed Lars Hirschfeld.
If Birmingham felt hard doneby with the sending-off, the penalty decision merely added insult to injury.
IF you think we are hard doneby in this country for having speed cameras with no film in them, spare a thought for thousands of New Yorkers and tourists.
Dalglish said: "Everybody thinks they are hard doneby - and you are at some stage by referees.