get the shaft

get the shaft

To be exploited, cheated, or taken advantage of; to be treated unfairly. Whenever a crappy job comes around, I'm always the one who gets the shaft. Once again its folks living in rural communities who end up getting the shaft.
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get the shaft

Sl. to be cheated; to be taken advantage of; to be mistreated. (See also give someone the shaft.) Why do I get the shaft when I did nothing wrong?
See also: get, shaft
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When you get the shafts and 45 [degrees] fittings in the correct alignment dry (without glue), carefully mark each with a sharp knife--scribing both the shaft and the stub on the other end of the 45 [degrees] fitting, and the fittings themselves.