the rough end of the pineapple

the rough end of the pineapple

A poor, unfair, or malicious treatment or situation. Primarily heard in Australia. Whenever the time comes for new assignments, I'm always getting the rough end of the pineapple. It's really no surprise that the CEO would give his employees the rough end of the pineapple to ensure his own salary isn't affected.
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the rough end of the pineapple

bad treatment. Australian & New Zealand informal
1981 Peter Barton Bastards I Have Known There was no way that I was going to get ‘the rough end of the pineapple’ from Wally, so I kept out of his way.
See also: end, of, rough

the ˌrough end of the ˈpineapple

(AustralE, informal) a situation in which somebody is treated badly or unfairly: The team got the rough end of the pineapple when it came to decisions by the referee.
See also: end, of, rough
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Sometimes it feels like we get the rough end of the pineapple here in Belfast at least when it comes to cutting-edge music events.
The Scotland coach said: 'In future we will be asking for as the Australians say not the rough end of the pineapple with the refereeing decisions.
Will the bookies once more have the rough end of the pineapple inserted by exultant punters?
Williams said: "In future we will be asking for - as the Australians say - not the rough end of the pineapple with the refereeing decisions.
Or, indeed, count the sheer numbers of those prepared to brave a bitter December morning to throng the streets of London to celebrate the fact that England were the best in the world at something - and had shown the ghastly Aussies the rough end of the pineapple in the process.
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