short\ end

short\ end
noun
the worst or most unpleasant part.

The new boy got the short end of it because all the comfortable beds in the dormitory had been taken before he arrived.

The girls who served refreshments at the party got the short end of it. When everybody had been served, there was no cake left for them.


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