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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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Examples from the web for fair game
  • Walls of art, colored pencils, and sculptures are all fair game for animation.
  • Only once they get to rich country status do they finally realize family members are fair game as well.
  • And this has some wondering if a candidate's infidelity is fair game, or if it's a private matter unfit for public scrutiny.
  • Anything that requires motion is fair game, and could be on the market in one to two years.
  • Any files stored in shared folders are fair game to others.
  • While private records are fair game on the open market, government records are not.
  • As long as your problem statement aligns with our livability principles, it's fair game for the code-a-thon.
  • Everything is fair game, but focus on those solutions that are under the crews control as a place to start.
  • Our homes and property will remain fair game for burglars.
  • All are fair game for this natural form of exploration.
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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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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