get a raw deal

get a raw deal

To receive unfair or poor treatment. Mandy really got a raw deal at that job. They passed her over for so many promotions!
See also: deal, get, raw

get a raw deal

COMMON If you get a raw deal, you have been treated unfairly or badly. We must ask why bank customers get such a raw deal. Note: Verbs such as have and receive can be used instead of get. Until quite recently, large ladies had a raw deal. We designed old-fashioned clothes for them. It is not only teaching staff who receive a raw deal in terms of pay and conditions. Note: You can also say that you give someone a raw deal. I have seen numerous cases where the foreign-born minority were given a raw deal and were treated as second-class or third-class citizens. Note: This may refer to someone being dealt a bad hand in a game of cards.
See also: deal, get, raw
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They need more help and better care - Christine Dawson, 55, a cleaner, from Overfields Pensioners always get a raw deal, but to be honest, I think the poor in general are getting a raw deal.