to get the short end of the stick

Idiom Definition

"to get the short end of the stick"

to receive the losing proportion in some sort of arrangement, exchange, situation or deal

Idiom Definition - to get the short end of the stick


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - to get the short end of the stick

Two friends are talking about their husbands ...

Sarah: Did you talk to Bill about the division of labor in your house?

Gertrude: We talked it over for a couple of hours last night. Bill is going to take care of all the housework except the laundry.

Sarah: Wow! Sounds like a good deal for you. Bill certainly got the short end of the stick on that negotiation.

Gertrude: Do you think so?

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - to get the short end of the stick

After working for two months on a huge project at work, Mark presented the amazing project to his boss. His boss didn't really comment on the project and Mark was a little disappointed. Two days later Mark is chatting with a colleague ...

Karla: I heard you finished that big project you've been working on?

Mark: Yes. It was a lot of work but I think it turned out really well.

Karla: I'm sure that you'll get a big bonus or something.

Mark: Probably not! My boss presented it to the Directors and took the credit for it.

Karla: That's terrible! You sure got the short end of the stick on that.

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Getting the short end of the stick can be frustrating.

to get the short end of the stick - Examples:

1) Those unlucky last two players get the short end of the stick

2)  Dads can get the short end of the stick when it comes to Father's Day gifts and attention.

3)  I'm tired of Damon always getting the short end of the stick. He's too interesting a character to be so underused.

4)  Both sexes get the short end of the stick here. Both are being defined by gender roles that do nothing.

5)  They know they've been getting the short end of the stick.

6)  Halo 1 might have gotten the short end of the stick in terms of its multiplayer remake.

7)  I am not surprised that actual truth and facts get the short end of the stick.

8)  To all Blue Jackets fans, you got the short end of the stick on the Rick Nash trade. There is no way around it.

9)  The workers were resigned to getting the short end of the stick until a chance encounter in June with Chicago-based labor organizers galvanized them to make a stand.

10)  Which is why IT always gets the short end of the stick when the business side is in control.

11)  I agree that women get the short end of the stick in this modern world of sexual liberation.

12)  If it's other people getting the short end of the stick, he's all about principle.

13)  Yes, the American public is getting the short end of the stick in 2012.

14) That's boiled down to the end-users getting the short end of the stick

15)  That was annoying but the third couple got the short end of the stick and had to sleep on an air mattress.

16)  Hey Mike, sure looks like you got the short end of the stick, and the real bummer is that there is nothing out there!

17)  Women get the short end of the stick in relationships with male writers.

18)  I started to feel like I was getting the short end of the stick. I was letting it affect my work and I was getting frustrated.

19)  I agree that Canadian fathers all too often get the short end of the stick when it comes to custody or visitation rights.

20)  International students got the short end of the stick, with their tuition increasing 10.29%.