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fair game

noun
1.
a legitimate or likely object of attack, mockery, etc.:
With his fat, round face, the politician was fair game for the cartoonists.
Origin
1795-1805
1795-1805
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British Dictionary definitions for fair-game

fair game

noun
1.
a legitimate object for ridicule or attack
2.
(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
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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