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we was robbed

The victory, success, or optimal outcome we deserved was stolen or cheated from us! A nonstandard version of "we were robbed," often used ironically or humorously, sometimes stylized as "we wuz robbed." We would have won the game if they hadn't gotten that field goal at the very last second—we was robbed, I tell ya! People will no doubt flock to social media to scream that "we wuz robbed" after the outcome of the match.
See also: rob, we
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we wuz robbed

Also, we was robbed or we were robbed. We were cheated out of a victory; we were tricked or outsmarted. For example, That ball was inside the lines-we wuz robbed! This expression, with its attempt to render nonstandard speech, has been attributed to fight manager Joe Jacobs (1896-1940), who uttered it on June 21, 1932, after his client, Max Schmeling, had clearly out-boxed Jack Sharkey, only to have the heavy-weight title awarded to Sharkey. It is still used, most often in a sports context.
See also: rob, we, wuz
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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