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working the refs


The coach is over there working the ref.
  sports:  to complain in an attempt to get officials to be sensitive to being fair to your team

or more generally:  to complain about fairness in an attempt to get others over whom you have no power to change their behavior
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  • The coach is over there working the ref.
  • The Republicans are complaining about the news coverage; and part of it is working the refs, but part of it is ...
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Most commonly used in these subjects:   Public Policy & Politics, Sports
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