stick to beat (someone or something) with

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stick to beat (someone or something) with

Something, often a mishap or misdeed, that is used as an excuse for criticism. Even the slightest mistake by Stan was enough to give the boss a stick to beat him with.
See also: beat, stick

a stick to beat someone with

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a stick with which to beat someone

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COMMON If someone uses something as a stick to beat someone with or a stick with which to beat someone, they use it to punish them or cause embarrassment or difficulty for them. Republicans had hoped to use foreign policy as a stick to beat the President with. Note: You can also say that someone uses any stick to beat someone, meaning that they take every opportunity they can to punish someone or cause embarrassment or difficulty for them. The Socialist opposition, of course, will use any stick to beat the government.
See also: beat, someone, stick

a stick to beat someone or something with

a fact or argument held over someone or something as a threat or an advantage.

a rod/stick to ˈbeat somebody with

a fact, an argument, etc. that is used in order to blame or punish somebody: The results of the national exams this year are being used as another stick to beat teachers with.
See also: beat, rod, somebody, stick
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To a suddenly wealthier Ibe, no - apart from the fact that the price tag will be a stick to beat HIM with, if he doesn't pull up any trees.
The price tag's been an extra stick to beat him with really at times when things were difficult for him.
Many were quick to criticise, with his inflated price tag - paid for out of the pounds 50million deal which took former Kop idol Fernando Torres to Chelsea - becoming something of a stick to beat him with.
Or have fans and managers found a convenient stick to beat him with whenever their side is on the wrong end of a controversial decision.
In fact, it seems downright churlish to use it as another stick to beat him with.
If there is one minor criticism of Marcus, it is that either the ECB, Marcus' agent or his doctor, should have said 'Marcus, say to people that this is what you are dealing with', because otherwise it's a stick to beat him with.
And a shame that his honesty will be used as another stick to beat him with