get stiffed(redirected from one was getting stiffed)
slang To be cheated or swindled (out of some amount of money). This is the third time this month that I've gotten stiffed on the bill. I was doing a ton of freelance work for someone and got stiffed for nearly $20,000.
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get stiffed, to
To be cheated. This slangy twentieth-century expression may have originated among waiters who said it meant getting too small a tip or no tip at all. It was soon extended to other kinds of low or nonpayment, as in “I won’t work for this magazine any more; I always end up getting stiffed.”
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