Definition of Aunt Sally in English:

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Aunt Sally

Pronunciation: /ˌant ˈsalē/

noun (plural Aunt Sallies)

1A game played in some parts of Britain in which players throw sticks or balls at a wooden dummy.
1.1A dummy used in the game of Aunt Sally.
1.2A person or thing that is subjected to much criticism, especially one set up as an easy target for it.
Example sentences
  • It's an example of the way in which the British royalty have become an Aunt Sally.
  • It's a respectable CV, but in his native land he's something of an Aunt Sally.
  • It may be true that it acted merely as a proxy, an Aunt Sally for fears about enlargement, unemployment, immigration and inflation.

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Syllabification: Aunt Sal·ly

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