fair game

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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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Celtic scored two late goals after Greek Fyssas's dismissal to win 3-2 and Romanov said: "If we're after a fair game in Scotland, I insist on a replay.
In the hysterical atmosphere of the early Cold War, anyone who had signed a peace petition, joined an organization opposing violence or racism, or raised money for the refugee children of the Spanish Civil War--in other words, who had openly advocated what was not popular at the time--was fair game.
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