raw deal

noun

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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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 Letter: Shooter got a raw deal Clodfelter's letter also questions the process used to remove Shooter. Dustin Gardiner, azcentral, "Lawmaker: Don Shooter sex-harassment files may implicate other lawmakers, should be public," 26 Mar. 2018 But this whole line of discussion is still kind of a raw deal. Rob Mahoney, SI.com, "Breakaway: How DeMar DeRozan Keeps Defenses Guessing," 26 Feb. 2018 Claire Foy gets a raw deal on mental healthcare in Steven Soderbergh's low-budget indie shocker about a woman in mortal danger either real or imagined. David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Unsane': Film Review | Berlin 2018," 21 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of raw deal

1911, in the meaning defined above

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raw deal

noun

English Language Learners Definition of raw deal

: an unfair way of treating someone

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