the short straw

the short straw

The least favorable, desirable, or fortunate outcome in a given selection. I got the short straw when it came to cleaning up after our shift last night. Our team was given the short straw and had to come in over the weekend to work on the revised proposal.
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I'm not sure who plays Novak (Djokovic) but someone's going to get the short straw and it was me."
Michael Gove reportedly drew the short straw and had to arrange the whip-round for outgoing Prime Minister Theresa May.
Christopher Trace and Leila Williams were the original John drew the short straw afterwards and was the one who was left to clean up Lulu's mess.
I wonder if the royals draw for the short straw every year?
Many rural communities draw the short straw when it comes to energy options, with homes that can be less energy efficient and dependent on more expensive heating fuels.
The short straw If you're wondering why Cedric Kipre looked a little off balance, it might have been because someone slyly stuck a plastic straw in his ear before kick-off.
IT seems that somewhere in the settlement plan, the main party involved in the rubbish dispute is the ratepayer, and without wishing to sound glib it seems that the "paymaster" to this settlement is the one pulling the short straw, as while driving around we now see that bins with lids not closed being missed and literally dozens of bags left on the street.
The working people always get the short straw while politicians and rich company bosses live the high life at our expense.
There was talk of interest from Manchester City, from Leicester City and from Holby City, but Crystal Palace appear to have drawn the short straw. Palace are 6-1 to make most deadline day deals today (Prem clubs only).
Push the short straw through the hole in the bottom of the container.
Eighth seed Simon Whitlock isn't even favourite against in-form Jelle Klaasen while anyone who drew Kim Huybrechts knew they'd picked the short straw. That man is Peter Wright.
When Stephanie Bounds says she drew the short straw, she's not speaking metaphorically.
Apparently, this is the way tied results are decided and, no, it wasn't even the short straw. It was the longest, but does it seem right that our democratic process comes down to that?