the shaft

noun

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US, informal
: harsh or unfair treatment usually used with give or getHer boss really gave her the shaft when he promoted someone less experienced instead of her.He got promoted and she got the shaft.

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“The shaft.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/the%20shaft. Accessed 22 Sep. 2020.

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