the short end of the stick


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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.
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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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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.
At the end of the day, we get the short end of the stick.
Now rumour has it the naughty ones get the short end of the stick when it comes to Santa Harper[TM] doling out presents.
Educators seem to be getting the short end of the stick as revealed earlier this week in a report by the Teachers Union of Namibia (TUN) which has since been forwarded to the Minister and Permanent Secretary of Education following the union's regional trips during May and the first week of August.
Reports said Villanueva dominated the decorated Stepashkin and even stunned him a few times but wound up getting the short end of the stick.
This fun and fast read is a good combination of humor and mystery with slightly supernatural touches, and it will definitely keep readers on the edge of their seats waiting to see just why Jenna's family seems to be getting the short end of the stick.
We seem to be getting the short end of the stick with decisions and we could have had a couple of penalty shouts as well.
Researchers in Spain now suggest that while the plants reap many rewards from this relationship, the ants may get the short end of the stick.
Truth be told, animals usually end up getting the short end of the stick here, literally.
With cause, because the world Strimas has created is peopled by folks who mainly have drawn the short end of the stick, who work for low wages (when they can find work) and whose main outlet or pleasure is to drink themselves silly.
As for making money on the recyclables, the government is getting the short end of the stick.
Families who pay rent and do not own their own homes, are being dealt the short end of the stick once again.
The NCP is miffed that in spite of Pawar being such a senior leader, who has always sided with the government unlike some of the other allies, the Congress has often ignored and even maligned him and has given the party the short end of the stick.