end up with the short end of the stick

end up with the short end of the stick

To receive a burden or disadvantage as a result of an unequal or unfair outcome or treatment. You have to stay vigilant during business negotiations or else you may end up with the short end of the stick. I think Tom felt like he ended up with the short end of the stick growing up, since his older brother got most of the attention and praise for his athletic skills.
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