Definition of Aunt Sally in English:

Aunt Sally

noun

  • 1A game played in some parts of Britain in which players throw sticks or balls at a wooden dummy.

    1. 1.1 A dummy used in the game of Aunt Sally.
    2. 1.2 A person or thing that is subjected to much criticism, especially one set up as an easy target for it.
      • ‘It's an example of the way in which the British royalty have become an Aunt Sally.’
      • ‘As far as the placebo issue is concerned I believe they are using the Food and Drug Administration as an Aunt Sally.’
      • ‘It's a respectable CV, but in his native land he's something of an Aunt Sally.’
      • ‘He said he felt people in public life would always be ‘an Aunt Sally for the public’.’
      • ‘It may be true that it acted merely as a proxy, an Aunt Sally for fears about enlargement, unemployment, immigration and inflation.’
      • ‘It appears obvious to me, that Mr Normal has neither the ego nor the wish to become an Aunt Sally, at whom all and sundry are entitled to throw their posies or brickbats.’
      • ‘First opponents of change construct an Aunt Sally, grossly misrepresenting it.’
      victim, butt, scapegoat, dupe, recipient, focus, object, subject, fair game, aunt sally
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Pronunciation:

Aunt Sally

/ˌant ˈsalē/