be/feel hard done by

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

feel hard done-by

To feel mistreated, abused, cheated, or dejected. The company paid Steve a generous severance package after firing him, but he still feels hard done-by. I don't think you have a right to feel hard done-by since you received the same level of assessment as everyone else!
See also: feel, hard
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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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