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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But there are a group of Scottish people - and one understands their views - who want independence for whatever reasons, and the fact that Scotland was so keen to remain in Europe has given them another stick to beat us with.
It was used as a stick to beat us with but now we're winning games, it's slightly different," he says, in his understated way.
Racing's detractors have a stick to beat us with when distraught animals are coerced into racing, and punters have next to no chance.
A statistic that should be applauded has been turned around and used as a stick to beat us with.
If we misuse it, we'll only give the opponents of freedom a stick to beat us with.
Extracts released early by officials said: "Continued trouble in the economy gives the bigots a stick to beat us with, as they demand we 'postpone' the equalities agenda in order to deal with 'the things people really care about'.
David Sullivan, in his missives to us, the supporters, can barely conceal his contempt for those who trudge through the turnstiles every week and uses "lack of atmosphere" as a stick to beat us with.
Instead of treating recycling as a joint, community exercise - everyone helping each other to get it right - it's become just another stick to beat us with.
You would just use that as a stick to beat us with if it didn't happen.
What is worse, it has handed those outside Liverpool and Merseyside yet another stick to beat us with.
He didn't think the timing of the announcement was a coincidence at all and wanted to know whether I'd now finally accept that something more has to be done about the use of the whip before persons, whom he no doubt thinks of as fanatics, turn their full attention to racing and use the issue as, well, a stick to beat us with.
Our wives, of course, looking for any stick to beat us with, have renewed their calls for us to hang up our trainers and take out a subscription to Sky Sports.
But it's easy to use that as a stick to beat us with," she said.
That didn't happen, and it was probably used as a bit of a stick to beat us with.