hard done by
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- (idiomatic) used, cheated, dejected
- King should feel a bit hard done by after being replaced in the team.
2011 October 1, Alistair Magowan, “Man Utd 2 - 0 Norwich”, in BBC Sport:
- United could have made it 3-0 with further chances, but Norwich's Andrew Crofts also had a shot saved and his side can come away from this encounter with some reason to feel hard done by.