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dirty deal

noun

an instance of unfair treatment; also, an underhanded scheme

Examples

Rob got a dirty deal from his employer.

Usage Note

slang

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Historical Examples
  • Give me a dirty deal and expect me to take it lying down, do you?

  • Jim had not realized before just what a dirty deal Sara had been given.

    Still Jim Honor Willsie Morrow
  • I had seen very few of your men but I knew we were giving them a dirty deal.

    The Martian Cabal Roman Frederick Starzl
  • A little fire, however, lingered in the grate, and a paraffin lamp smoked and smelt horribly on the dirty deal table.

    A Girl of the People L. T. Meade
  • I'll bet that young fellow's got the raw end of some dirty deal.

    The Land of Strong Men Arthur M. Chisholm
  • A sort of pride that won't allow any bunch of lily-fingered crooks to make me a party to any dirty deal.

    North of Fifty-Three Bertrand W. Sinclair
  • From the first I didnt want to believe you were mixed up in the dirty deal.

Slang definitions & phrases for dirty deal

dirty deal

noun phrase

An unfair result: dirty deal from the professor

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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