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get the shaft

To be exploited, cheated, or taken advantage of; to be treated unfairly. Whenever a crappy job comes around, I'm always the one who gets the shaft. Once again it's folks living in rural communities who end up getting the shaft.
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give (one) the shaft

To exploit, cheat, or take advantage of one; to treat one unfairly. Whenever a promotion comes around, management always manages to give me the shaft. Because we live in a tiny, rural community, we feel like the government tends to give us the shaft.
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shafted

slang Cheated or swindled; unfairly deprived or taken advantage of; screwed (over). I always bring my dad with me when I go to get my car repaired, because I'm always nervous I'll end up getting shafted by the mechanics. We should have won that game, but we were really shafted by the ref.
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get the shaft

Sl. to be cheated; to be taken advantage of; to be mistreated. (See also give someone the shaft.) Why do I get the shaft when I did nothing wrong?
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give someone the shaft

Sl. to cheat or deceive someone; to mistreat someone. (See also get the shaft.) The boss really gave Wally the shaft. Somebody always gives me the shaft.
See also: give, shaft

give somebody the ˈshaft

(American English, informal) treat somebody unfairly: It seems to me that the big corporations are keeping all the money for themselves and giving the shaft to ordinary consumers, as usual.
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give someone the shaft

tv. to cheat or deceive someone; to mistreat someone. (see also shaft.) The boss really gave Willy the shaft.
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shaft

1. n. a bad deal; unfair treatment. He really gave me the shaft.
2. tv. to do wrong to someone; to harm or cheat someone. (see also shafted.) We are going to shaft this guy in a way that he will remember.

shafted

mod. beaten; bested; cheated. I really got shafted in that deal.
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References in classic literature ?
Men were hurled in every direction from the ship's deck, while she, bent and crumpled, took the last, long plunge to the scrap-heap at the shaft's base.
With her fell a shower of her own tiny fliers, for each of them had come in violent collision with the solid shaft.
"That will we presently see," quoth Robin, "and meanwhile stand thou where thou art, or else, by the bright brow of Saint AElfrida, I will show thee right good Nottingham play with a clothyard shaft betwixt thy ribs."
"If ye handle yew bow and apple shaft no better than ye do oaken cudgel, I wot ye are not fit to be called yeomen in my country; but if there be any man here that can shoot a better shaft than I, then will I bethink me of joining with you."
As the moon crossed the opening of the shaft its light flooded the whole interior, and then Tarzan saw directly across from him another opening in the opposite wall.
The wall replaced, Tarzan turned to the shaft, which was some fifteen feet wide at this point.
Straight flew his answering shaft. The Head Forester gave one cry, then fell face downward and lay still.
Xodar had told me that ascending the shaft by virtue of our repulsive rays alone would give our enemies their best chance to overtake us, since our propellers would be idle and in rising we would be outclassed by many of our pursuers.
When Lop-Ear had chewed off the head of the arrow, the shaft was withdrawn easily enough.
The archers, having previously determined by lot their order of precedence, were to shoot each three shafts in succession.
"Whatever they're up to," answered Tom, "the time has come when we can dig at the place where we can hope for results." And the following day shafts were started in the shadow of the mountain.
With screams squeals, and waving of whips that caused even the shaft horses to gallop- the other sleighs followed.
By this time a whole village was up: and windlasses, ropes, poles, candles, lanterns, all things necessary, were fast collecting and being brought into one place, to be carried to the Old Hell Shaft.
What say you, woodman: wilt leave the bucks to loose a shaft at a nobler mark?"
1-20) I sing of Artemis, whose shafts are of gold, who cheers on the hounds, the pure maiden, shooter of stags, who delights in archery, own sister to Apollo with the golden sword.