give (one) the shaft

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give (one) the shaft

To exploit, cheat, or take advantage of one; to treat one unfairly. Whenever a promotion comes around, management always manages to give me the shaft. Because we live in a tiny, rural community, we feel like the government tends to give us the shaft.
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give someone the shaft

Sl. to cheat or deceive someone; to mistreat someone. (See also get the shaft.) The boss really gave Wally the shaft. Somebody always gives me the shaft.
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give somebody the ˈshaft

(American English, informal) treat somebody unfairly: It seems to me that the big corporations are keeping all the money for themselves and giving the shaft to ordinary consumers, as usual.
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give someone the shaft

tv. to cheat or deceive someone; to mistreat someone. (see also shaft.) The boss really gave Willy the shaft.
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The Momentum shaft is tapered, which gives the shaft plenty of front-of-center weight for great arrow flight and penetration.
The alloy sheath found on Easton's FMJ arrows not only serves as rugged protection for the interior carbon fibers, gives the shaft added straightness, but makes shooting more fun by making arrows easier to pull from targets after the shot.
A series of epoxy resins are introduced into the fibers, and the resulting composite passes through a die which gives the shaft its shape.