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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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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.
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.