Aunt Sally

Aunt Sally

noun Chiefly British.
a person who is a ready target for criticism or focus for disputation.

Origin:
1860–65; so called from the figure used as a target at fairs

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Aunt Sally (ˈsælɪ)
 
n , pl -lies
1.  a figure of an old woman's head, typically with a clay pipe, used in fairgrounds and fêtes as a target for balls or other objects
2.  any person who is a target for insults or criticism
3.  something set up as a target for disagreement or attack

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