hard done by


: treated harshly or unfairly
He felt very hard done by when he was laid off after many years of faithful service.

Examples of hard done by in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Gay men confronting this history can sometimes feel a little hard done by, as if they had been deprived of a chance to be heroic, or even naughty. Nikhil Krishnan, The New Yorker, 16 Jan. 2023 Burnley felt hard done by when Ashley Barnes appeared to equalize in the 19th minute. Paul Gittings, CNN, 27 Dec. 2020

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“Hard done by.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hard%20done%20by. Accessed 30 May. 2024.

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