short end of the stick

the short end of the stick

An unequal outcome of a deal that results in a disadvantage or burden. You have to stay calm during business negotiations or else you may end up getting the short end of the stick. I feel like I got the short end of the stick on this project, with the amount of extra time and effort I'll have to put into it.
See also: end, of, short, stick

*short end of the stick

Fig. the smaller or less desirable part, rank, task, or amount. (*Typically: get ~; have ~; give someone ~; end up with ~.) Why do I always get the short end of the stick? I want my fair share! She's unhappy because she has the short end of the stick again.
See also: end, of, short, stick
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Our steelworkers are getting the short end of the stick because foreign countries are cheating on trade.
Upon further review, it appears the Chicago Blackhawks really got the short end of the stick in the third period of their 3-2 loss to Calgary on Tuesday night.
Following a largely successful showing in 2016, Team Lakay studs drew the short end of the stick late last year, with the toughest defeat seeing Eduard Folayang lose his ONE Lightweight Championship to Martin Nguyen in November here in Manila.
Maybe Dad couldn't afford two weddings within the space of one year," says the one who feels she received the short end of the stick, "but now YOU owe me flowers every week for at least a year.
Leicester's prize asset thinks the former Foxes chief, culled this week after just eight games, got the short end of the stick.
And contractors tend to get the short end of the stick, he noted, revealing that they often enter into project negotiations "tense and nervous".
They get the short end of the stick and end up living out their older days in shelters," she said.
If the judicial branch becomes an administrative agency of the Legislature, the Bar would be ruled by nonlawyers having a negative view of the legal profession and lawyers in general, as has been the case in California and other states for many years, with lawyers winding up on the short end of the stick.
Our fans get the short end of the stick at times by From Back Page was down to the game kicking off at 12.
Here, Affleck, who formerly drew the short end of the stick playing the dumb townie to Matt Damon's math savant, finally gets to embody the numbers whiz, and also to run around shooting some heavy-duty guns: It's like Will Hunting and Jason Bourne rolled into one, brains and bullets.
He went on to say, "Some foreign powers want to use Lebanon as a lab to test potential solutions to regional issues and Lebanon always ends up with the short end of the stick.
We may get the short end of the stick sometimes, but in the long run, we will prosper.
Too often we extend our reach so far " to so many people " that, in the end, everyone is getting the short end of the stick.
Still, the battle rages on, and in a manner that CFA Institute Managing Director Kurt Schacht just described as "a national disgrace with investors getting the short end of the stick.
Anorthosis, who so far this season had been accused by other clubs and fans of getting the rub of the green, got the short end of the stick this time.