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 remember being really pumped for that game and I gave stick to everyone on campus especially the boys on the Belhaven team.
He said: "Norrie was the kind of player opposition fans gave stick to - but that's because they respected him as a player.