get the short end of the stick

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get the short end of the stick

To receive an unequal outcome of a deal that results in a disadvantage or burden; 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.
See also: end, get, of, short, stick

get the short end of the stick

mainly AMERICAN
If you get the short end of the stick, you are in a worse position than other people in a particular situation, although this is not your fault. Kids and young families get the short end of the stick because they don't get the kind of support that they need. As usual it's the consumer who gets the short end of the stick.
See also: end, get, of, short, stick
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Our farmers have gotten the short end of the stick for so long (about 100 years), they deserve this break.
iTunes has also gotten the short end of the stick, even though it's possibly the most-used application anyone uses on their computers.
In 82 years of Oscar history, Indian films have for the most part gotten the short end of the stick.
Indians traditionally have gotten the short end of the stick, though that has changed somewhat in the last couple of decades, as indigenous protests and international pressure have compelled the government to recognize some tribal land rights.
It's on In the Red records, and if you caught any of the other stuff, like the 10" on Crypt, that's a taste of what this brings from the Scots who seem to have always gotten the short end of the stick when it comes to women.
With all of the focus on reading literacy these days, Rosenthal says, "math literacy has sort of gotten the short end of the stick.
Canada has gotten the short end of the stick on many of the Chapter 11 cases and is no longer confident in the agreement.
If, however, the WTO is to be justified solely on the benefits of opening markets abroad, then it always looks like we've gotten the short end of the stick.