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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THOSE believing there are too many foreign coaches in the Premier League who are using Marco Silva's failure to keep Hull up as a stick to beat them with are being very harsh.
JAMES FORREST is determined Celtic won't give their critics another stick to beat them with as they turn their continental catastrophe back into domestic dominance.
But when the corporation are involved in a blunder like this, all it does is give theirenemies another stick to beat them with.
As if that was not bad enough the homeless now find in the great metropolis of London that developers of a block of luxury flats have a further stick to beat them with.
Once on a par with their Celtic contemporaries U2, Simple Minds' brand of grandiose stadium rock has often been used as a stick to beat them with.
Critics said Mayo would have to win the All-Ireland to justify the stance but, when they came up just short against Dublin, it wasn't used as a stick to beat them with.
To Bournemouth, no - apart from the fact that the price tag will be a stick to beat THEM with, if he doesn't pull up any trees.