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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But he'll be gutted because the chance will be shown on Sportscene and his brothers will give him stick for the miss.
He said: "I don't think so, I don't think they should give him stick.
They pay their entrance money and if they want to give him stick, they will give him stick.
I gave him stick about that goal and I try and give him stick whenever I see him
Maybe people give him stick for his all-round contribution but if you have the knack of sticking the ball in the back of the net it's priceless.
It really annoys me when people give him stick, which I can't understand because he is a fantastic player," said Charlton midfielder Reid.
He came in halfway through the last campaign so if there are people there waiting to give him stick then they should just give him a chance.
But 18-year-old Guernsey-born Ryan-Zico Black aims to have the last laugh on all those who give him stick for his bizarre monika.
Meanwhile, Dens keeper Ludovic Roy is out to silence the Saints fans who still give him stick despite him playing just two games in 2002 as the Perth men were relegated from the SPL.
Opponents and fans will certainly give him stick and thongs will never be the same again for the midfielder.
He expects the Dons fans - who were so desperate to see him sign they chanted his name when he played for Hearts on the final day of last season - to give him stick, but warned them their actions will only fire him up even more.
If they give him stick it will only fire him up to score.
But 18-year-old Ryan-Zico Black will have the last laugh on the mickey-takers who like to give him stick about his bizarre monika when he lines up against Ipswich - realising his boyhood dream of playing against Premiership opposition in the FA Cup.
We just give him stick anyway, but it would be great for him.
Leicester boss Martin O'Neill said: "To give him stick because he has chosen to play for Turkey is just not right.