the short end of the stick


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the short end of the stick

n. the burden, responsibility, etc., for doing something. I am the one who plans all this stuff, and when you jerks drop the ball, I’m left holding the short end of the stick.
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the short end of the stick

The worst side of an unequal deal.
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It's no secret that children's books often get the short end of the stick when it comes to being reviewed in the print media.
Three creditors got together and said if we wait for that receiver to pay us, we're going to get the short end of the stick," said Barry LePatner, a prominent Manhattan attorney who specializes in real estate construction.
It's quite dear with this piece that victims get the short end of the stick.
Look more deeply at what partnerships can offer you, as if you feel you're getting the short end of the stick, you need to speak up for yourself.
Sex should be fun, beautiful and colorful but women get the short end of the stick.
There were times last season when I felt he got the short end of the stick, because the other centres in the squad were selected ahead of him on the basis of having far more experience at the higher level.
Atleo cited a lack of recognition of treaty rights allows First Nations to get the short end of the stick.
The fact that it is so flagrantly biased towards Israel means the Palestinians will be handed the short end of the stick more times than not.
It sometimes gets slightly the short end of the stick because it has to compete with the financial business for things like IT resource, but we've addressed that as much as we can.
Though being small has its perks, many modestly-sized enterprises feel they hold the short end of the stick when it comes to providing competitive benefits and work-life balance practices.
Moorpark got the short end of the stick by finishing fourth in league with a match-up against top-seed Long Beach Poly.
They pay a premium to house extensive sales staff in Manhattan for the duration of the show, and many feel they are getting the short end of the stick.
Indians traditionally have gotten the short end of the stick, though that has changed somewhat in the last couple of decades, as indigenous protests and international pressure have compelled the government to recognize some tribal land rights.
Many times, they simply know very little about nonfoods, so we get the short end of the stick.
Ortega says his government will look to strengthen trade with the United States in areas that are beneficial to Nicaragua but also will seek new markets in South America to place agricultural products that got the short end of the stick under the DR-Cafta trade agreement.