the short end of the stick


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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.
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*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

short end of the stick, the

The inferior part, the worse side of an unequal deal. For example, Helen got the short end of the stick when she was assigned another week of night duty. The precise analogy in this term, first recorded in the 1930s, has been lost. Some believe it comes from worse end of the staff, used since the early 1500s, which in the mid-1800s became, in some instances, short or shitty end of the stick, allegedly from a stick poked up one's rectum by another in command of the situation. Others believe it alludes to fighting with sticks, where having a shorter stick is a disadvantage. Also see wrong end of the stick.
See also: end, of, short

the short end of the stick

the disadvantage in a situation; a bad deal.
1994 Hispanic Latinas are getting the ‘short end of the stick’ when it comes to equality in the business world and seeking financing for their businesses.
See also: end, of, short, stick

the short end of the stick

n. the burden, responsibility, etc., for doing something. I am the one who plans all this stuff, and when you jerks drop the ball, I’m left holding the short end of the stick.
See also: end, of, short, stick

the short end of the stick

The worst side of an unequal deal.
See also: end, of, short, stick
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Unlike past Democratic hopefuls, Kerry more pointedly distinguishes who he thinks the bad guys are: not corporations or the rich per se, but "lobbyists," "the privileged," and others who "cut corners and break laws and get special benefits, while those who do what's right get the short end of the stick." This terminological difference is very good news for anyone who wishes the senator well in November.
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It doesn't take long for us to figure out that whatever is to be gotten out of life, we're always the last to get ours, that the short end of the stick has our name written all over it.
As limited capital resources are divided, casting cleaning and finishing operations generally have been on the short end of the stick. Despite the availability of up-to-date material handling systems, effective process flow methods and new equipment technologies, the advancement of the cleaning room has lagged behind other areas.
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companies often get stuck with the short end of the stick in international partnerships?