short straw

  1. draw the short straw to be the person (as in drawing lots) to whom an unwelcome task or fate falls

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How to use short straw in a sentence

  • The other way is that of the lot or chance: the short straw would decide.'

    Theodicy | G. W. Leibniz
  • I construct a new apparatus, but provide it with a short straw in place of the magnet.

    The Mason-bees | J. Henri Fabre