Definition of the dirty end of the stick in US English:

the dirty end of the stick

phrase

informal
  • The difficult or unpleasant part of a task or situation.

    • ‘And when he gets the dirty end of the stick from an umpire of the elite panel, he has good reason to feel upset.’
    • ‘I personally hope so because in spite of pouring millions of pounds into this corrupt organisation which has not been elected by the British people, we are still getting the dirty end of the stick.’
    • ‘From where I stand, I think our entire region would end up with the dirty end of the stick, so I think we all need to join hands and chant ‘Give Peace a Chance!’’
    • ‘It is time that non-white nations, which usually take the dirty end of the stick in such matters, impressed on the ICC to frame tougher rules than merely cutting match fees and points.’
    • ‘O'Donoghue's suggestion that there is something mythical about the price of living in this country is not just insulting to the millions of people who have been left with the dirty end of the stick - it is also breathtaking in its arrogance.’
    • ‘It now seems most likely that Global Trust Bank shareholders will be left holding the dirty end of the stick.’