got the short end of the stick

If someone says they got the short end of the stick, they are referring to the fact that they always have to suffer the bad effects of a situation. Having the short end of the stick has to do with bad luck; this phrase originates from when two people would each grab an end of a stick and break it in two, and whoever got the long end of the stick would be the lucky one who received some kind of reward. If you always get the short end of the stick, you are unlucky in life.