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Difference between Give someone stick and Take a stick to someone

give someone stick—(UK coll.) rebuke or reprimand a person:

  • She really gave him stick about the way he made a mess of the contract negotiations.

Note: The expression does not correlate in meaning with the phrase give it some stick—(UK coll., of a vehicle) put more force into it; speed it up:

  • Peter gave it some stick and cleared the hill with no problems.

take a stick to someonehit a person:

  • Gossip columnists had their tongues set a wagging when Jiri took a stick to his producer in a hotel lobby