give somebody 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.
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give somebody ˈstick

(British English, informal) criticize somebody: The crowd gave the players a lot of stick for their terrible performance.
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