raw deal, a
An unfair situation or poor treatment. Mandy really got a raw deal at that job. They passed her over for so many promotions!
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an instance of unfair or bad treatment. (*Typically: get ~; have ~; give someone ~.) Mary got a raw deal on her traffic ticket. She was innocent, but she had to pay a big fine. I bought a used TV that worked for two days and then quit. I sure got a raw deal. You sure had a raw deal.
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An instance of unfair or harsh treatment, as in After 25 years with the bank Bob got a raw deal-no pension, no retirement benefits of any kind, just a gold watch. Raw here means "crude" or "unfair." [First half of 1900s]
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a raw (or rough) deala situation in which someone receives unfair or harsh treatment. informal
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a raw deal
n. an unfair deal; unfair treatment. My last job was a raw deal. I hope this is better.
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An instance of unfair treatment: got a raw deal from our insurance company.
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raw deal, a
Harsh or unfair treatment. The raw in this expression, which originated in America, means “crude.” In 1912 a Canadian dictionary defined the term as “a swindle,” a meaning not much invoked today. E. C. Bentley used the expression in Those Days (1940): “If it was what is known nowadays as a raw deal, they did not mind.”
See also: raw
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