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hard done by


  1. . unfairly or badly treated

Example Sentences Including 'hard done by'

But in my experience, it usually ends up with everyone feeling they've been hard done by.
Val McDermid DEAD BEAT (2002)
Fritz had been called away by the manager and the hall porter on duty was feeling hard done by at having to extend his shift.
Hinxman, Margaret The Sound of Murder
In all, the Oilers were penalized five times in the first period and skated off the ice feeling rather hard done by.
Edmonton Sun (2003)
It seems to be more rewarding these days to complain about being hard done by than it is to do well at your job.
Spiked (2003)
It would have been hard for Rovers ' decidedly disgruntled green and white army to complain that their side was hard done by.
Irish Times (2002)
The person never grasps the goodies from life; they appear hard done by.
Lilian Verner-Bonds THORSONS WAY OF - PALMISTRY (2002)
They'll understand that you felt hard done by and think that you were trying to follow in your dead tutor's footsteps.
Hocke, Martin The Ancient and Solitary Reign


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