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a stick to beat sb with

something that you can use to ​criticize, ​influence, or ​causedifficulty for someone or something you ​dislike or ​disapprove of: The country's ​lack of openess was used as a stick to ​beat it with.
(Definition of a stick to beat sb with from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “a stick to beat sb with”
in Chinese (Simplified) (某人)的把柄,(某人)的痛处…
in Chinese (Traditional) (某人)的把柄,(某人)的痛處…
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