I saw a sentence like:

"Have you ever felt done by blablablah?"

What does it mean?

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    I don't suppose it was "hard done by", by any chance? Commented Sep 6, 2015 at 7:54
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    I can think of a couple different things that it might mean, but I'd want more context besides "blablablah" before I'd venture a guess.
    – J.R.
    Commented Sep 6, 2015 at 8:13
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    You might take a look at the phrases done in and done for. Whether they might work depends on blablablah.
    – user3169
    Commented Sep 6, 2015 at 17:35
  • I lost the website I found it from.but I found out another similar example wording like"i felt impelled to go on speaking". I think it is also about the case I mentioned above.so could you explicate it?
    – 오준수
    Commented Sep 7, 2015 at 6:49
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    I can't see any connection between "felt done by" and "felt impelled to go on speaking" (other than the use of "felt"). Commented Apr 28, 2019 at 20:19

3 Answers 3


"done by", usually but not always in the phrase "hard done by", can mean "treated" or "used". "Hard done by" means "unfairly ill-treated". It is possible that the sentence

Have you ever felt done by...

was using this sense, but without more context one cannot be sure of that.

(I have seen "well-done by", but not often, and "doing well by" or "doing right by" more often.)


Done, on its own, can mean tired or exhausted.


It can also mean prosecuted, as in "He was done for shoplifting". This is a bit slangy, though.

But I've never seen it used as in the OP.


"Done" has a large number of slang meanings. A lot of them could be relevant but without more context, it is hard to say.

One meaning of "done" is to be cheated, ripped off, or be robbed. (Maybe only in British English.) This could work with "feel done". So "have you ever felt done" would mean "have you ever felt cheated"

Done (adjective): 10. informal cheated; tricked

Collins Dictionary

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