noun Chiefly British.
a person who is a ready target for criticism or focus for disputation.
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Origin of Aunt Sally
First recorded in 1860–65; so called from the figure used as a target at fairs
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British Dictionary definitions for aunt sally
/ (ˈsælɪ) /
noun plural -lies British
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
any person who is a target for insults or criticism
something set up as a target for disagreement or attack
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