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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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.
My scenario was having to deal with an agent so I drew the short straw.
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.
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.
Charles and Camilla draw the short straw for the annual show, hosted by John Bishop.
People using this service have really drawn the short straw in bus stop location, opposite the old Argos store in the city centre.
This year I drew the short straw and have organised tonight's event.
LOUIS Walsh is keeping his fingers crossed that he's not got the short straw when it comes to the categories in reality talent show The X Factor, which returns to TV screens tonight.
Shuhei Yamaguchi drew the short straw and got some rough treatment from colleagues at Tokyo's Tama Zoo.
Sheneel draws the short straw with her work experience assignment and finds herself at the White Time Labs whilst all her friends get assigned to Release Parties, so whereas they're meeting celebrities and having fun, she's redirecting entities with Lon.
If this is allowed to go ahead it will be yet another example of how Teesside gets the short straw when competing with Tyneside.
The Aussies drew the short straw when the four three-team groups were named and, in the lottery-style uncertainty of the game, back-to-back defeats against the West Indies on Sunday and Sri Lanka next Tuesday would mean an end to their campaign.
Bew has drawn the short straw in the Oxford History of Modern Europe series for this period is one of Ireland's bloodiest.