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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Everyone gave us stick and when we turned up for the first session back at the club someone even brought in a pair of boxing gloves, as if the pair of us were going to have a scrap before we warmed up for the morning.
That was the one night when the supporters shouted at us and really gave us stick.
The thing to me, is this: the crowd deservedly gave us stick at half-time against Everton but within three minutes of the second half they were behind us," he said.
The crowd gave us stick but that is their prerogative.
All those so-called experts gave us stick at the beginning of the season, but we are not finished yet.
As champagne corks popped all over Thomson Park,Wolecki said: 'Bo'ness they gave us stick after beating us 5-1 in the Kia Cup.
There were some who gave us stick but since the Doonbeg replay in particular we have received great support from the people in and around Cork.
They gave us stick after the defeat at Dundee but I can't complain about that because if you lose that is what you have to expect in this position.
The gaffer gave us stick earlier on and we deserved it but he was also quick to praise us last week.
The supporters gave us stick after the defeat at Dundee, but I can't complain about that, because if you lose that is what you have to expect in this position.