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fair game

a legitimate or likely object of attack, mockery, etc.:
With his fat, round face, the politician was fair game for the cartoonists.
Origin of fair game
1795-1805 Unabridged
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  • She was an impartial referee; her one desire being to play a fair game.

    Hester's Counterpart Jean K. Baird
  • The infidels, he said, were God's natural enemies and fair game to the Christian.

    Green Mansions W. H. Hudson
  • Until I examined your wallet I supposed you had smuggled in the stones; and that would have been fair game.

    The Drums Of Jeopardy Harold MacGrath
  • But though they might be fair game, the game had its rules—anomalous as it may seem.

    The Lion's Skin Rafael Sabatini
  • This was fair game enough, though to-day it would probably have been passed over in silence.

British Dictionary definitions for fair game

fair game

a legitimate object for ridicule or attack
(hunting, archaic) quarry that may legitimately be pursued according to the rules of a particular sport
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Idioms and Phrases with fair game

fair game

A legitimate target for attack or ridicule. For example, On his talk show, authors are considered fair game. This expression alludes to hunting. [ Early 1800s ]
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