the dirty end of the stick

the dirty end of the stick

The worst, least pleasant, or most difficult aspect of something. Usually used after "get." You have to stay tough during business negotiations or else you may end up getting the dirty end of the stick. With three older brothers, I always get the dirty end of the stick when it comes to doing chores.
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the dirty end of the stick

the difficult or unpleasant part of a task or situation. informal
2000 Sunday Times (Johannesburg) I still feel a bit sorry for Hugh, he always seems to get the dirty end of the stick.
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Can it really be that people who seemed to have been handed the dirty end of the stick by life will actually come to find happiness?
As the most rural and sparsely populated district we tend to get the dirty end of the stick when anything is decided in Caernarfon, the county town.
A YOU do seem to have got the dirty end of the stick.
We have a lot of hope, but we are cautious because in the past we have always gotten the dirty end of the stick over matters of land use and resource benefits.
Mr Clarke said he appreciated that teachers feared that 'you are always going to be picking up the dirty end of the stick over anything that comes around the corner'.