get the stick

get the stick

To be punished or reprimanded in some way. Physical violence is usually not involved, despite the phrasing. Boy, we really got the stick from Professor Adams after he heard us talking during his lecture. We're definitely going to get the stick from the boss if we hand this report in late.
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MICK McCarthy today backed Wolves' striker Jay Bothroyd to shrug off any brickbats from the Coventry boo-boys and insisted: "It's only the good players who get the stick.