the short end of the stick

noun phrase

Definition of the short end of the stick

chiefly US, informal
: unfair or unfavorable treatment She got the short end of the stick in the deal.

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“The short end of the stick.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/the%20short%20end%20of%20the%20stick. Accessed 1 Dec. 2021.

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