give (someone) (a lot of) stick

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give (someone) (a lot of) stick

To criticize, judge, or disapprove of someone (for something). My parents gave me a lot of stick for my decision to study art in college, instead of law or medicine. I just know my boss is going to give me stick for that accounting error I made last week. The class still gives John a lot of stick for that time his pants fell down in the middle of an oral report.
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I gave him stick that he didn't mean his chip but it was a great goal.
The winger has been the Bolton boo-boys' target recently and Rovers fans also gave him stick for his connection with Burnley.
I gave him stick about that goal and I try and give him stick whenever I see him
The Brazilian Press gave him stick so he gave them a side different from the one that had just lost 1- 0 to Argentina.
Eagles has been the Bolton boo-boys' main target recently and Rovers' supporters also gave him stick for his connections to bitter rivals Burnley.
He said: "People gave him stick before for not scoring enough but he's answered his critics with what he did against West Ham.
Keane had grumbled about a handful of 'idiots' in the crowd who gave him stick in last week's Carling Cup tie.