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To treat someone unfairly - thesaurus

Synonyms

prey on

to harm someone who is weak or cannot defend themselves

discriminate

verb

to treat someone unfairly because of their religion, race, or other personal features

oppress

verb

to treat people who are less powerful in an unfair and cruel way

persecute

verb

to treat someone extremely badly, or to refuse them equal rights, especially because of their race, religion, or political beliefs

victimize

verb

to treat someone in a deliberately unfair way

mistreat

verb

to treat someone in an unfair or cruel way

trample

verb

to behave in a cruel or unfair way toward someone or something

use

verb

to treat someone in an unfair way, for example by pretending to care about them so that they do what you want

wrong

verb

formal to treat or judge someone in an unfair way

be rough on someone

to treat someone in a way that is unfair

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More synonyms

bite the hand that feeds you

to do something bad to someone who has been good to you and whose help you need

buffet

verb

mainly literary to treat someone in a negative or unfair way

devalue

verb

to treat someone or something as if they are not important

do someone wrong

to treat someone in an unfair or cruel way

dump on

to treat someone in an unfair way, especially by criticizing or blaming them for something

exploit

verb

to treat someone unfairly in order to get some benefit for yourself

fuck over

offensive an extremely offensive expression that means to treat someone in a bad or unfair way

fuck with

offensive an extremely offensive expression that means to treat someone in an unfair way or trick them, in a way that shows you do not respect them

give someone the shaft

to treat someone in a bad or unfair way

grind the faces of the poor

to become rich and powerful by treating poor people in a very unfair way

hit/kick a man when he’s down

to treat someone badly when they are already in a weak position

jerk around

to treat someone in an unfair or dishonest way

kick around

to treat someone in an unkind and unfair way

kick someone when they are down

to attack or criticize someone when they are already in a weak position

penalize

verb

to treat someone in an unfair way and make them have a disadvantage

piss around

impolite to treat someone in an unfair way, often by wasting their time

presume on

to expect more than you should get or have a right to, especially in your relationships with other people

put/stick the boot in

to criticize or unfairly attack someone who is already in a difficult position

screw

verb

very informal to cheat someone, or to treat someone in an unfair way

shaft

verb

informal to cheat someone, or to treat them unfairly

shit on

impolite to treat someone in an extremely unfair way

shortchange

verb

informal to treat someone or something in an unfair way by not giving them enough of the praise, opportunities, attention, etc. that they need or deserve

shove around

to treat someone badly and in an unfair way, especially by giving them orders

stamp on

to stop someone in a very unfair or cruel way from doing something

take advantage of someone

to unfairly get what you want from someone who is easily persuaded to help you, trust you, or do things for you

take someone to the cleaners

to take most of someone’s money, usually by treating them unfairly or dishonestly

take something out on someone

to make someone suffer because you are angry, upset, or tired, even though it is not their fault

throw something back in someone’s face

to behave badly toward someone who has been good to you

trespass on

to use more of someone’s time or to accept more of someone’s kindness than is fair

tyrannise

a British spelling of tyrannize

tyrannize

verb

to use your power to treat people in a cruel and unfair way

victimise

a British spelling of victimize

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