To get or draw the short straw means to be chosen for something no one wants.
Poor guy. He drew the short straw this time. I'm glad I don't have to do it.
by rtilley October 15, 2013
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A particularly inept student-teacher or teaching assistant; a reference to "drawing the short straw."
Wow, Toby is definitely a short straw. I can't wait until he leaves!
by Golf Delta Delta March 16, 2009
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Describes the person, who gets the most unpleasant or difficult outcome in a situation. You can also say to draw the short straw.
Looks like I've got the short straw, I'm doing the late-shift while everyone else goes to the pub.
by kahramanj August 6, 2019
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it means getting singled out of the safe picks. originally based on pulling one string from many that hold in a palm where one of them is shorter or colored red in the other end hidden inside the palm

in some countries this is done by using chopsticks in a container that one of them is colored in the end to pick someone from many by pulling the sticks at the same time for everyone
It seems that I won't be going anywhere this week since I don't pick the short straw this time
by gunslingerxg March 4, 2022
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