a raw/rough deal

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raw deal

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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*raw deal

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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raw deal

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) deal

a situation in which someone receives unfair or harsh treatment. informal
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a raw/rough ˈdeal

unfair treatment: Many old people feel they are getting a raw deal from the state: they pay money towards a pension all their working life but discover it isn’t worth much when they retire.
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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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raw deal

An instance of unfair treatment: got a raw deal from our insurance company.
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References in classic literature ?
When I did rise, about two hours later, I had forgotten the circumstance; the first thing I saw, however, on quitting my chamber, recalled it; just pushed in at the door of my sitting-room, and still standing on end, was a wooden packing-case--a rough deal affair, wide but shallow; a porter had doubtless shoved it forward, but seeing no occupant of the room, had left it at the entrance.
So Kirklees has had a rough deal, but so have most of the local authorities in the north - what they need is a proper deal.
With lots of SMEs not having enough time to shop around for the best deals, many are getting a rough deal and that is why we are entering the market.
I said all the way back after the Asian Games in Korea, I thought that was a rough deal for Chot.
EXETER boss Rob Baxter has had a crack at Eddie Jones' England insisting they gave his talented midfielder Henry Slade a rough deal.
Head coach Baxter reckons his talented midfielder Henry Slade got a rough deal from the national outfit after suffering a gruesome injury just before Christmas.
Many graduates may feel like it's a rough deal right now.
Considering that even I've heard of him (he joins the exclusive list of 'modern artists Kristian recognises the name of' alongside Banksy and, errr, well, that's it), it's a bit of a rough deal for our local talents.
The product manager at Shrewsbury's Morris Lubricants told the Sunday Mercury: "Turkeys have a pretty rough deal at Christmas/ "I thought it would be ironic if one looked forward to Christmas Day instead of dreading it.
Minorities had genuine fears, as they were given a rough deal during the last one year.
They believed they were getting a rough deal and two of the Middlesbrough members, Mrs McGelliot and Mrs Rutherford, are pictured.
Negotiators later agreed to extend talks until June 30, with hopes of reaching a rough deal in March.
Negotiators have said that they hope to reach a rough deal by March and a final agreement by June 30.
Twelve year old Kunal is an orphan in 1990's Bombay and he has had a pretty rough deal so far, treated as a half-starved slave--almost an Indian version of Mr Sowerberry and Oliver Twist--by a cruel restaurateur.
Michael has had a bit of a rough deal because I think he swam brilliantly - it's just that Ross swam better and that happens.