Gave stick - Idioms by The Free Dictionary
give (someone) (a lot of) stick (redirected from gave stick)
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.
give somebody ˈstick (British English, informal) criticize somebody: The crowd gave the players a lot of stick for their terrible performance.
References in periodicals archive
I remember being really pumped for that game and I gave stick
to everyone on campus especially the boys on the Belhaven team.
He said: "Norrie was the kind of player opposition fans gave stick
to - but that's because they respected him as a player.