give (someone) (a lot of) stick

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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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When it's on the pitch and fans give you stick it's fine but when people take it outside of football and you're with your family and having a meal it's a bit different.
That job is being the England Team Manager Where you need skin that's Rhino thick And if the press don't rate your selections They'll be sarcastic and give you stick. Steve McClaren was the Wally with the brolly While Graham Taylor was nicknamed Turnip Glen Hoddle got it in the neck for being spiritual And Kevin Keegan was accused of jumping ship.
Akinfenwa said: "Opposition fans are going to give you stick and they did give me stick throughout the game.
He said: "When you do not score for four or five games it gets on top of you ( fans give you stick and you do hear it.
When you don't do it for one or two games out of 300, people give you stick.
"It's fair enough people expect from you and when you don't do it in one or two games over 300 they give you stick. It's a bit strange because some of those people played football.
"In Romania, they will give you sticks of chewing gum as opposed to change."