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Aunt Sally

noun, Chiefly British
1.
a person who is a ready target for criticism or focus for disputation.
Origin
1860-1865
1860-65; so called from the figure used as a target at fairs
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British Dictionary definitions for Aunt Sally

Aunt Sally

/ˈsælɪ/
noun (Brit) (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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