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shaft

Meaning: to treat someone badly or unfairly

For example:

  • The CEO shafted the sales manager by scrapping her bonus.

  • Insurance companies often shaft their customers by putting fine-print clauses in insurance contracts that let them avoid paying out claims.

Quick Quiz:

Stan felt he'd been shafted by the tax department. He thinks they made him pay
  1. too little tax
  2. too much tax
  3. a reasonable amount of tax

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