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carry the stick

To become a vagrant. The "stick" here supports a "bindle," a small cloth sack that is traditionally carried by hobos. If you don't stop racking up so much credit card debt, you'll be carrying the stick sooner than later!
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carry the stick

tv. to live as a hobo, on the streets. (Streets. From the stick that supports the hobo’s bundle.) I was afraid I’d be carrying the stick if I got laid off.
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McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.
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