clue stick

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clue stick (plural clue sticks)

  1. (idiomatic) A metaphorical stick used to beat information or understanding into a slow learner.
    • 2003, Declan McCullagh, "My letter from the FBI," ZDNet, 10 Oct. (retrieved 14 Apr. 2009):
      Leadbetter needs to be thwacked with a legal clue stick. The law he's talking about applies only to Internet service providers, not reporters.
    • 2009, William Hurley, "Does the cloud really need a manifesto?," InfoWorld, 6 Apr. (retrieved 14 Apr. 2009):
      I think the author needs a good whack with the clue stick.

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