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get the short end

To be slighted in some way. You have to stay calm during business negotiations or else you may end up getting the short end of the stick.
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Living in a household consisting of her father and three brothers, Feather often gets the short end of the stick, meaning the laundry, cooking, and grocery shopping.
You realise that your father, whom you thought was just and fair and the ideal arbitrator in all sibling quarrels, actually has a blind spot for a favourite child, and one of you usually gets the short end of the stick (or feels the rough end of it).
The poor family living next to one on of these things who's paying their mortgage really gets the short end of the stick.
I ve seen a lot of restructuring deals and usually someone gets the short end of the stick.
What Castro writes about with pride and glee demonstrates precisely why Los Angeles continually gets the short end of the stick from both Sacramento and Washington, D.
Somehow, education always gets the short end of the stick.
We'll probably never know, but what we do know is that whenever the batter's bat makes contact with the catcher's mitt, the defensive team gets the short end of the stick, or the long end of the bat.
The only character who gets the short end of the stick in this romantic fable is Barb's forsaken husband, Bob, who does his best to get rid of all their material possessions (by tossing them in the swimming pool) but can't quite get the hang of the philosophical principle.
Under pressure, frustration among grooms leads to aggression - time is money, corners are cut and the horse gets the short end of the stick.
Cleaning offers more opportunities to save money than any place in a foundry, but too often it gets the short end.
It's no wonder that 69 percent of respondents felt that personal time, such as time spent by themselves or doing things for themselves such as exercising, gets the short end of the candy cane during the hectic holiday season.
Paul Molitor should make it, Dennis Eckersley comes up short and Steve Garvey gets the short end again in baseball Hall of Fame voting Tuesday.
type A winner, but in this seg, it's sis who gets the short end, when Louis, in order to get a prized trading card, tricks his sister into a "date" with the grossest kid in school.
As usual, it's the public that gets the short end of the stick, paying for a project that now, six years after the approval of Proposition K, is less than half finished.