hit by the ugly stick

hit by/with the ugly stick

slang Struck with this fictional item, resulting in one's physical unattractiveness (in the speaker's view). A humorous hyperbolic expression. I always thought he'd been hit by the ugly stick, but with this new makeover, he's pretty darn cute.
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hit by the ugly stick

mod. made to be very ugly. She is so lame. Looks like she was hit by the ugly stick till it broke!
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"Of course, I do say things occasionally and then think, 'Oh s**t, why did I have to say that?' " Last year, Sharon caused huge controversy when she described Scottish singing sensation Susan Boyle as having been "hit by the ugly stick".
You can't blame the footballers though - many of them look like they've been hit by the ugly stick so you can't expect them to say now hen a buxom blonde wants to get to know them a little better.
As he is about to insert money into the slot he hears another voice say 'Have you been hit by the ugly stick or what?' and 'Bet you're in the movies - you could be a body double for the elephant man'.
In fact, my first impression of the world's first 'Multi Sports Vehicle' was that it had been hit by the ugly stick.
NOT LOOKING GOOD: the SEAT Altea BATTERED: the SEAT Altea has been hit by the ugly stick IN CONTROL: instrument panel MOTION: the gear stick
AT last, a couple of Renault Meganes that don't look like they have been hit by the ugly stick.