Short End of the stick

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Short End of the stick : Phrases


The inferior part; worse side of an unequal deal.


Trudy got the
short end of the stick by having to work an extra hour on graveyard shift of Daylight Savings Day.


1500s origin from term
worse end of the staff which in the mid-1800s became short or shitty end of the stick - allegedly from a stick poked up one's rectum by another in command of the situation.

Alternative: Fighting with sticks, where having a shorter stick is a disadvantage.

Related Phrase:
Wrong End Of The Stick.

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