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Aunt Sally

Something or someone set up as the object of criticism, derision, or as an easily defeated opposing opinion (i.e., a straw man). Named after a game where sticks or balls are thrown at a clay or wooden head (the Aunt Sally). Primarily heard in UK. I hate hanging out with that crowd, they always aim their jokes at me like I'm an Aunt Sally. My opponent's representation of me is nothing but an Aunt Sally; he refuses to debate me on my true position and instead attacks a fictitious one from afar!
See also: aunt, sally

Aunt Flo

n. a woman’s menstrual period. (see also visit from Flo. Refers to the menstrual flow.) I am sorry to announce that Aunt Flo has come for a visit.
See also: aunt, Flo
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Mose done, Mas'r George," said Aunt Chloe, lifting the lid and peeping in,--"browning beautiful--a real lovely brown.
And with this final expression of contempt for Sally's greenness, Aunt Chloe whipped the cover off the bake-kettle, and disclosed to view a neatly-baked pound-cake, of which no city confectioner need to have been ashamed.
So Tom's Aunt Polly, she told all about who I was, and what; and I had to up and tell how I was in such a tight place that when Mrs.
Tom was packed in ten minutes, all except what his aunt and Mary would finish up for him; then we waited ten more for her to get cooled down and sweet and gentle again; for Tom said it took her ten minutes to unruffle in times when half of her feathers was up, but twenty when they was all up, and this was one of the times when they was all up.
said my aunt, with a perfect shake on the contemptuous interjection.
We don't mind for ourselves," said her aunt, stroking the little girl's head tenderly; "but we love you as if you were our own child, and we are heart-broken to think that you must also endure poverty, and work for a living before you have grown big and strong.
When Phil had gone Aunt Jamesina looked solemnly at Anne.
Had her aunt alluded to the disgraced teacher, or to some other woman?
It is all very well for girls who are to get their own living by teaching, and that sort of thing; but all she needs is a year or two at a fashionable finishing school, so that at eighteen she can come out with eclat," put in Aunt Clara, who had been a beauty and a belle, and was still a handsome woman.
I want to get acquainted with my--my nephews and nieces," said Aunt Eliza, with a rather pleasant glance around our group.
The aunt answered, "She knew too much of the world to be so deceived; that as she was sensible another man had her affections, she should persuade Mr Western to hasten the match as much as possible.
Without speaking, Pollyanna turned and followed her aunt from the room.
Give your attention, dear aunt, to this precious book-- and you will give me all I ask.
I have forgotten my flowers,' said the spinster aunt.
Maggie left her good aunt Gritty at the end of the week, and went to Garum Firs to pay her visit to aunt Pullet according to agreement.