One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A person or thing that is considered a reasonable target for criticism, exploitation, or attack.‘when it came to practical jokes, he regarded anybody as fair game’
- ‘I am aware that my job as an art critic makes me fair game - and I would not do it if I minded.’
- ‘One minute we are presented as the pride of the nation, the next we're all fair game for criticism again.’
- ‘You undermine the office if you do that, it really means that it's fair game for anybody to do it.’
- ‘The state president, parliament and the judiciary are also regarded as fair game.’
- ‘All subjects were fair game from gossip to sports, from crime to society balls.’
- ‘After that it seemed Gina's methods were fair game and the barrage of criticism didn't stop.’
- ‘We informed him that as a politically active person, he was putting himself out in the public eye and was fair game for the cameras.’
- ‘You know, let me say it is fair game to point out that he had a troubled past.’
- ‘They became fair game for everybody to criticise at school.’
- ‘As the law now stands, poles of most descriptions are fair game for posterers, but other surfaces are illegal.’
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