An instance of unfair or harsh treatment, as in After 25 years with the bank Bob got a raw deal—no pension, no retirement benefits of any kind, just a gold watch. Raw here means “crude” or “unfair.” [First half of 1900s]
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How to use raw deal in a sentence
Many fans feel that streaming services give a raw deal to musicians, and want to make amends for using them.25 Things I Want from an Online Music Service (and Almost Never Get) | Ted Gioia | June 30, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Cersei, for all her ruthless scheming, has gotten a really raw deal.Game of Thrones’ Lena Headey on Cersei Lannister’s Future and That Controversial Rape Scene | Marlow Stern | June 17, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
I paid the artists something like $25 a page—we called it the raw deal.
He had got at several of them who had received a raw deal in the courts, and was moving heaven and earth to bring redress to them.Tramping on Life | Harry Kemp
I dont propose to play on any team where Im handed a raw deal by a thing like Jack Nelson.The New Boys at Oakdale | Morgan Scott
You must have handed Mr. Turnbull a raw deal; he was so ready to think evil of you.The Red Seal | Natalie Sumner Lincoln
That Keats bunch cant run in no raw deal like that on the Arrownot while Im range boss.The Ranchman | Charles Alden Seltzer
I don't forget I've had raw deal—lots of ways; but no point not saying Sylvia had pretty raw one from Dolly.The Guarded Heights | Wadsworth Camp