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 can only apologise to the fans who came here - they have every right to give us stick.
Every fan, bar those that support Rangers, have loved the last week and have been able to give us stick.
One of my friends, an English guy, was saying to me that he hopes Scotland make it so they can give us stick again because we never do well once we get there
We were really poor and the fans were right to give us stick.
People used to give us stick but the music brought us together.
The lads give us stick and joke about whether we know the off-side rule but we can probably play football better than most of the lads.
He is going to be monitored for the next 24 hours to see if it continues to improve, and then he will be able to talk and give us stick like normal.
Fitzpatrick apologised to the fans for putting them through the emotional mangle when he said: "They were right to give us stick in the first half but we were magnificent in the second.
ARMSTRONG said: "The boys here give us stick for doing everything together so to have scored together on our debuts was great.
The United fans will give us stick but that comes with the territory.
I'm not going to turn round to the fans and say anything because they're justified to give us stick.
Jimmy Five Bellies was with him even then and he used to sit on the sidelines and give us stick.
The fans have been entitled to give us stick, especially after the derby result.
He is a player who provokes strong opinions and we knew some people would give us stick.
It's even sweeter as some people give us stick because the average age of the squad isn't exactly young but as long as we keep winning then the selection is justified.