raw deal


Definition of raw deal

: an instance of unfair treatment

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Examples of raw deal in a Sentence

these mice are really getting a raw deal: after we're through using them for our science experiment, they get fed to our snake

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Dairy insiders say the industry has gotten a raw deal as milk-alternatives such as soy milk, rice milk, and almond milk have become more popular. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "Big Dairy is trying to get teens hooked on lattes to boost milk sales," 2 July 2019 This helps explain big wage increases this year by Walmart WMT 1.31% and Amazon, which boosted its minimum hourly rate to $15, following criticism that the retail giants use their scale to give staff a raw deal. Paul J. Davies, WSJ, "Big Buyers Beware the New Trustbusters," 28 Dec. 2018 The share who think the nominee got a raw deal has increased sharply, and the change is significant at a p < 0.01 level. Dylan Matthews, Vox, "Exclusive: We re-ran polls from 1991 about Anita Hill, this time about Christine Blasey Ford," 4 Oct. 2018 In one sense, last December’s draw saw Portugal receive one of the rawest deals of them all. Daniel Rapaport, SI.com, "2018 World Cup Group B Preview: Spain, Portugal Pace Top-Heavy Quartet," 7 June 2018 Nobody can make a passionate case that Zenger got a raw deal. Sam Mellinger, kansascity, "Kansas AD Sheahon Zenger is fired, but the real loser is David Beaty | The Kansas City Star," 21 May 2018 Mothers who for some reason could not get a job — or go on disability — got a raw deal. New York Times, "G.O.P. Insists Making Poor People Work Lifts Them Up. Where’s the Proof?," 15 May 2018 In a statement to Fox News, McCabe's lawyers said, his client got a raw deal from his old boss. Fox News, "Jonathan Turley: Comey is harming the FBI with tell-all," 19 Apr. 2018 There’s an alternative to the raw deal on trade for American workers, one that has nothing to do with Trump’s threats or face-saving deals. David Dayen, The New Republic, "Trump’s Theater of Trade," 27 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of raw deal

1911, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of raw deal was in 1911

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English Language Learners Definition of raw deal

: an unfair way of treating someone

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appealing forcibly to the mind or reason

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