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get the shaft

Sl. to be cheated; to be taken advantage of; to be mistreated. (See also give someone the shaft.) Why do I get the shaft when I did nothing wrong?
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give someone the shaft

Sl. to cheat or deceive someone; to mistreat someone. (See also get the shaft.) The boss really gave Wally the shaft. Somebody always gives me the shaft.
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get the shaft

to be treated very unfairly Congress acted, and the average taxpayer once again got the shaft.
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get the shaft

  (American informal)
if someone gets the shaft, they are not treated in a fair way The tax system is all wrong - the rich just get richer and it's the poor who get the shaft. (American informal)
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give someone the shaft

tv. to cheat or deceive someone; to mistreat someone. (see also shaft.) The boss really gave Willy the shaft.
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shaft

1. n. a bad deal; unfair treatment. He really gave me the shaft.
2. tv. to do wrong to someone; to harm or cheat someone. (see also shafted.) We are going to shaft this guy in a way that he will remember.

shafted

mod. beaten; bested; cheated. I really got shafted in that deal.
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