Idiom:  get the short end of the stick

Meaning

Idiom:  get the short end of the stick

  • to get the inferior or less favorable result of a situation compared to someone else

Example sentences

  • I definitely got the short end of the stick after my divorce—my husband got the beach house and I have to pay him alimony.
  • We got the short end of the stick at this hotel but the tour director said we'll get the best room in the next city. 
  • While I was on holiday, I got the short end of the stick when we moved to a new office and my colleague took the best cubicle with the window.
  • Make sure you get to the breakfast buffet early or you'll get the short end of the stick.
  • When my parents split up the chores, I got the short end of the stick because I have to mow the lawn and shovel the snow while my sister gets to wash the dishes and vacuum.
  • I got the short end of the stick at our new apartmentboth of my roommates have much larger rooms then I do.
  • Let's try to renegotiate our company duties. It's obvious you got the short end of the stick and I don't want you to feel resentful.


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