raw deal

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

  • 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