the shaft

Definition of the shaft

US, informal
: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

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

  2. : spear, lance

  3. : pole

  1. : to fit with a shaft

  2. : to treat unfairly or harshly


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