Definition of Aunt Sally in US English:

Aunt Sally


  • 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.
      ‘today's landowner is everyone's Aunt Sally’
      • ‘He said he felt people in public life would always be ‘an Aunt Sally for the public’.’
      • ‘First opponents of change construct an Aunt Sally, grossly misrepresenting it.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘As far as the placebo issue is concerned I believe they are using the Food and Drug Administration as an Aunt Sally.’
      • ‘It may be true that it acted merely as a proxy, an Aunt Sally for fears about enlargement, unemployment, immigration and inflation.’
      • ‘It's an example of the way in which the British royalty have become an Aunt Sally.’
      • ‘It's a respectable CV, but in his native land he's something of an Aunt Sally.’
      victim, butt, scapegoat, dupe, recipient, focus, object, subject, fair game
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Aunt Sally

/ˌænt ˈsæli//ˌant ˈsalē/