This page is about the slang term shaft


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

a. too little tax

b. too much tax

c. a reasonable amount of tax

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Contributor: Matt Errey