stick with which to beat (someone)

idiom

British, informal
: something that is used to attack or punish (someone) or to make an attack or punishment seem reasonable or right
The fee is just another stick with which to beat the unions.

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“Stick with which to beat (someone).” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/stick%20with%20which%20to%20beat%20%28someone%29. Accessed 3 Dec. 2022.

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