short end of the stick

*short end of the stick

Fig. the smaller or less desirable part, rank, task, or amount. (*Typically: get ~; have ~; give someone ~; end up with ~.) Why do I always get the short end of the stick? I want my fair share! She's unhappy because she has the short end of the stick again.
See also: end, of, short, stick
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Solicitor Advocate, Govan Law Centre PEOPLE renting privately in Scotland have always had the short end of the stick.
While there is no reason to question the laws of foreign countries, we must however, ensure that our countrymen do not suffer the short end of the stick," the authors stressed.
At the end of the day, we get the short end of the stick.
Responding to questions, Hasikos said the government would not get the short end of the stick, as the plots in question would be sold not according to their current value while they are sitting idle, but rather according to their future value once they are slated for development.
If I look at fairness measures, majority of the women surveyed said they have the same chances of getting into the job like their male colleagues; however, when it came to pay, benefits and promotions, women felt they were getting the short end of the stick on majority of those outputs," explained Rabea Ataya, founder and CEO of Bayt.
Now rumour has it the naughty ones get the short end of the stick when it comes to Santa Harper[TM] doling out presents.
It's the kind of stupidity that has forced people with disabilities to deal with the short end of the stick since sticks have been assigned.
Educators seem to be getting the short end of the stick as revealed earlier this week in a report by the Teachers Union of Namibia (TUN) which has since been forwarded to the Minister and Permanent Secretary of Education following the union's regional trips during May and the first week of August.
As in any such relationship, all parties want to get the lion's share of the gain, but some get the short end of the stick.
Meanwhile, top government officials in Delhi appear to be taking the Roadies atmosphere a little too seriously: those who were given the short end of the stick under the recent P government are hell- bent on ensuring Kejriwal loses, while those whom the BJP- led MCD pestered over civic issues like sanitation and roads are now leaning back towards the Congress.
But until politicians comprehend that teaching is a JOB, and a tough job at that, NOT a calling, then kids will continue to get the short end of the stick.
This fun and fast read is a good combination of humor and mystery with slightly supernatural touches, and it will definitely keep readers on the edge of their seats waiting to see just why Jenna's family seems to be getting the short end of the stick.
We seem to be getting the short end of the stick with decisions and we could have had a couple of penalty shouts as well.
Actions have reactions to it and our bloody history and poor political game play has given its citizens the short end of the stick in these worldly stakes.
If her son is under the required legal age to sponsor her, she will have to depend on strangers and she is automatically at the short end of the stick.