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give someone the shaft

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give someone the shaft

verb phrase

To swindle, maltreat, or otherwise deal punishingly with someone; fuck, shaft: He wasn't expecting much praise, but he sure didn't think they'd give him the shaft like that (1940s+)

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