draw the short straw

draw the short straw
draw the short straw
To be given an unpleasant task, duty, etc, or the most unpleasant of several
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Main Entry:short
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draw the short straw
To be entrusted with an unpleasant task (as a result of, or as if by, drawing straws)
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Main Entry:straw

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draw/get/the short straw phrase
to be the person in a group who has to do an unpleasant or difficult job

I drew the short straw and had to stay late.

Thesaurus: to be in, or to get into a difficult situationsynonym
Main entry: short

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I
see straw
II
be the unluckiest of a group of people, esp. in being chosen to perform an unpleasant task

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draw the short straw — see draw, 1
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Main Entry:short

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ˌdraw the short ˈstraw idiom
(BrE) (NAmE get the ˌshort end of the ˈstick) to be the person in a group who is chosen or forced to perform an unpleasant duty or task

I drew the short straw and had to clean the toilets.

Main entry:drawidiom

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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  • draw the short straw — be chosen to perform an unpleasant task. → straw …   English new terms dictionary

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  • draw the crow — (Aust) To draw the short straw, come off worst in an allocation • • • Main Entry: ↑crow …   Useful english dictionary

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