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
It was those who can only be dubbed “the draw the short straw caucus.”Only the GOP’s ‘Short Straw’ Caucus Can Raise the Debt Ceiling | Ben Jacobs | February 12, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Within these parameters, it leaves only a handful of GOP senators available to draw the short straw.Only the GOP’s ‘Short Straw’ Caucus Can Raise the Debt Ceiling | Ben Jacobs | February 12, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
A good bed for the horse with laminitis is peat-moss mixed with short straw.Diseases of the Horse's Foot | Harry Caulton Reeks
A bedding of short straw will keep the fattening pens clean and provide roughage.A Living from the Land | William B. Duryee
It was used for feeding stock and for handling clover and short straw of all kinds.