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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give somebody ˈstick

(British English, informal) criticize somebody: The crowd gave the players a lot of stick for their terrible performance.
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He said: "We have a young team and it is not right to give them stick right away.
CELTIC striker Craig Beattie has claimed the club's fans were right to give them stick for not scoring more often.