Definition of “draw/get the short straw” - English Dictionary

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“draw/get the short straw” in British English

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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:

Mike drew the short straw and had to clean the bathroom.

(Definition of “draw/get the short straw” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)