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get the stick

To be punished or reprimanded in some way. Physical violence is usually not involved, despite the phrasing. Boy, we really got the stick from Professor Adams after he heard us talking during his lecture. We're definitely going to get the stick from the boss if we hand this report in late.
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Yes, it was the US that broke the treaty, but as is common with US breaches of international agreements, it is the law-abiding party that gets the stick. Given the significance of the deal, it is unsurprising that despite the US's garish diplomatic behaviour, Germany, France, China, Russia and other signatories have all been making efforts to salvage the deal.
So I don't have the luxury of saying 'go on, give it a go lad!' because if we lose it's me that gets the stick.
When - no, if - we are relegated then I hope it's Jeremy Peace who gets the stick because until he's gone we will not make progress.
Ashby admitted: "When teams lose football matches it's inevitable the manager gets the stick. But that doesn't mean the players get away scot free, far from it.
"I have heard people say it is justified because he gets a lot of stick from the Liverpool fans but the truth is he gets the stick because he has been doing that for years.
Carragher added: "I've heard people say it's justified because he gets a lot of stick from the Liverpool fans - but the truth is he gets the stick because he's been doing that for years."
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