hard done by

idiom
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of hard done by

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

Word by Word Definitions

hard play
  1. : not easily penetrated : not easily yielding to pressure

  2. : not capable of being spread : very firm

  3. : having a harsh or acid taste

  1. : with great or utmost effort or energy : strenuously

  2. : in a violent manner : fiercely

  3. : to the full extent

done play
  1. : past participle of do

  1. : arrived at or brought to an end

  2. : doomed to failure, defeat, or death

  3. : gone by : over


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