get the short end of the stick

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get the short end of the stick

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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