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Aunt Sally

noun Chiefly British.
  1. 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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Aunt Sally

noun plural -lies British
  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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