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get stiffed

slang To be cheated or swindled (out of some amount of money). This is the third time this month that I've gotten stiffed on the bill. I was doing a ton of freelance work for someone and got stiffed for nearly $20,000.
See also: get, stiff
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get stiffed, to

To be cheated. This slangy twentieth-century expression may have originated among waiters who said it meant getting too small a tip or no tip at all. It was soon extended to other kinds of low or nonpayment, as in “I won’t work for this magazine any more; I always end up getting stiffed.”
See also: get, to
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