One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
In an unfavourable position relative to someone or something else.‘stringent regulations have put British farmers at a disadvantage’
- ‘So in that sense they were at a disadvantage relative to the newcomers who were coming in.’
- ‘This situation puts certain groups at a disadvantage in terms of education and civil service positions.’
- ‘They can force an advancing enemy to take an approach or position in which they are at a disadvantage.’
- ‘Reed said the way the contract has been handled leaves his company out of pocket and at a disadvantage for submitting future bids.’
- ‘He cleverly chose a defensive position, putting the French force at a disadvantage.’
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