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a raw deal

Meaning: If you think that you got a raw deal, you think you weren't treated fairly or as well as other people.

For example:

  • Doctors in small hospitals in country towns get a raw deal. They earn less, and usually work longer hours, than doctors in big-city hospitals.

  • If it wasn't for the transport workers union, drivers would still be getting low wages and a raw deal all round.

Quick Quiz:

Stan thinks he got a raw deal from his insurance company, so he's writing a letter
  1. to thank them
  2. to complain to them
  3. to congratulate them

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