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fair game

Legitimately or permissibly targeted for something, such as criticism, use, or discussion. As the youngest sibling, I'm always fair game for mockery at family events. If you're playing football with us, then you're fair game to get tackled.
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fair game (for something)

someone or something that it is considered permissible to attack or abuse in some way. I don't like seeing articles exposing people's private lives, but politicians are fair game for that kind of criticism. Journalists always regard movie stars as fair game.
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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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fair game

someone or something considered a reasonable target for criticism, exploitation, or attack.
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fair ˈgame

if a person or thing is said to be fair game, it is considered acceptable to play jokes on them, criticize them, etc: The younger teachers were considered fair game by most of the kids.
In this idiom, game refers to birds and animals that people hunt for sport or food.
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He has such incredible dramatic direction," Nabawy says of Fair Game director Doug Liman.
Adequate direction is something she said she lacked on Fair Game.
They said in today's job market anyone is fair game.
A quarterback is fair game for a sack even if a defensive player has his arms around him--reversing a touch-football-style rule in what McMahon calls the "pantywaist" NFL.
Any significant event that happened in your command during a calendar year is fair game.
Thus Showalter unconsciously viewed it as another irritating program - a silly fiction - whose participants were fair game for a dismissive review.
Anyone coming out of contract at the end of the current campaign is fair game and can negotiate with a rival club if he wishes.
However, there are those who think it is fair game to take advantage of the country's handouts by cheating the benefits system.
Fair Game 12A, 107 mins The Resident 15, 91 mins The Company Men 15, 104 mins IT'S seven years since former UN weapons inspector Dr David Kelly died after a high-profile appearance before the Foreign Affairs Select Committee to answer questions about the so-called "dodgy dossier" of evidence about weapons of mass destruction.
FAIR GAME (12A, 107 mins) 7/10 IN July 2003, former UN weapons inspector Dr David Kelly died after a high-profile appearance before the Foreign Affairs Select Committee to answer questions about the so-called "dodgy dossier" of evidence about weapons of mass destruction.
Disabled parking spots seem to be fair game also while disabled people also use parent and child spots along with adults with over 14 year olds
A downside of being in the public eye is that even if you're wearing a patient ID and you're in a hospital department having tests you're still fair game," she wrote in a magazine column.
While outright campaigning for or against politicians would be an obvious violation of the tax code, anything less ought to be fair game in how a church goes about its business.
The title of his first album, If You're Standing You're Fair Game, was inspired by violence in the city centre.
The parents of a second-grade boy objected to his teacher's reciting a children's book about two princes getting married; the teacher said that because same-sex marriage is legal in the state, it was fair game to be presented.