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English definition of “draw/get the short straw”

draw/get the short straw

informal
to have to do the least enjoyable of a range of duties, often because you have been chosen to do it: Colin, I'm afraid you've drawn the short straw - you're cleaning out the toilets.Good luck and bad luck
(Definition of draw/get the short straw from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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