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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!
See also: deal, raw

*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.
See also: deal, raw

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.
See also: deal, raw

raw deal

An instance of unfair treatment: got a raw deal from our insurance company.
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I READ Keith McLeod's wellwritten lead story in Thursday's Daily Record regarding the raw deal for creditors of the former Rangers football club.
Mr Sheerman said: "I have become discontent about the raw deal that too many individuals and families affected by autism receive.
SIR - We read a lot about struggling first-time buyers and social housing improvements, but what about the raw deal that private tenants get?
That's the plea behind ``Black Gold,'' a well-meaning documentary about the raw deal being handed to Ethiopian coffee growers in the midst of a worldwide coffee boom.
So, given the raw deal that you get if you do manage to cop a forecast, I'd simply give betting there a swerve.
WIRRAL South MP Ben Chapman has compiled statistics which he claims demonstrates the raw deal the area gets from Lottery funding.
Asheville: The Raw Deal Raw/Vegan Support Group: Raw/Vegan support group forming in Asheville.
Tryin' to get my hands on some Grants like Horace Yeah, livin' the raw deal, three course meals Spaghetti, fettuccini, and veal But still everything's real in the field But don't knock me for tryin' to bury Seven zeros, over in Rio de Janeiry Ain't nobody's hero, but I wanna be heard On your Hot 9-7 everyday, that's my word
While Americans sense the raw deal, they have been slower to identify the raw dealer.