the shaft

Definition of the shaft

US, informal

  1. :  harsh or unfair treatment —usually used with give or get Her boss really gave her the shaft when he promoted someone less experienced instead of her. He got promoted and she got the shaft.

Word by Word Definitions

  1. :  the long handle of a spear or similar weapon

    :  spear, lance

    :  pole

  1. :  to fit with a shaft

    :  to treat unfairly or harshly

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