be hard done-by

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be hard done-by

To be mistreated or cheated or to be dejected as a result of such mistreatment. The company paid Steve a generous severance package after firing him, but he still claims he was hard done-by.
See also: hard

be/feel hard ˈdone by

(informal) be/feel unfairly treated: I think you’ve been hard done by — you worked twice as long as anyone else.
See also: by, done, feel, hard
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I could say I am hard done by not getting the penalty kick - the decision was a poor one - but I also have to say that on another day Sylvain Distin could have been sent off.
It is a big sacrifice because I spend a lot of time away from home but there are loads of people across the country who work away from home, so I am not pleading that I am hard done by.