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get the shaft

Slang definitions & phrases for get the shaft

get the shaft

verb phrase

To be ill treated; be abused, esp by cruel deception: He thought he'd get promoted, but he got the shaft instead

[1950s+; a euphemism for sodomization]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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