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.

Examples of stick with which to beat (someone) in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Republicans say that the Democrats just want a stick with which to beat them. Nr Editors, National Review, 27 May 2021

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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 26 May. 2024.

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