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English definition of “feel hard done-by”

feel hard done-by

(also feel hard done-to) UK
to feel that you have been treated unfairly : I'm feeling hard done-by because I've been taking care of the kids all week and Steve's been out every night .Feeling sad and unhappy Grammar:HardHard is both an adjective and an adverb. When it is an adverb, it means ‘needing or using a lot of physical or mental effort’. It goes after the main verb:
(Definition of feel hard done-by from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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