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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.
See also: get, shaft

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.
See also: give, shaft

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.
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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.
See also: give, shaft, somebody

give someone the shaft

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

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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Wood shafting is sold in 5-pound spine increments: 45/50, 50/55, 55/60, and so forth.
These tests were run with steel couplings on standard steel shafting with any excess oil removed by wiping with a rag.