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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!
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sally forth

to go forth; to leave and go out. The soldiers sallied forth from behind the stone wall. Well, it's time to sally forth and drive to work.
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long-tall-Sally

n. a tall girl or woman. Isn’t she a gorgeous long-tall-Sally?
References in classic literature ?
Sally loved it, and took it with her wherever she went.
Mr Cobb was human, and Sally was looking particularly attractive that morning.
He tried to make this side of the question clear to Sally, but failed signally.
In the silence which followed her words Sally had grown up.
He sprang forward, and Tom, pushing Sally aside, turned to meet him.
You'll call when you're ready for cheese," said Sally impassively.
cried Sally, scrambling to her feet unhurt, but a good deal shaken.
I don't think I 've eaten any pies since that had such a delicious flavor as those broken ones, eaten hastily, in that little oven of a room, with Sally making jokes and the others enjoying stolen sweets with true girlish relish.
Be sure you get the bag by the right end,' said Sally.
Now you 've done it,' cried Sally, as Mary scratched like a mad rat, and a door creaked below, for Miss Cotton was not deaf.
Sally dived into her bed, recklessly demolishing the last pie, and scattering the candy far and wide.
Miss Sally deigned to make no reply, but smiled again, and went on with her work.
Mr Brass received this observation with increased meekness, merely remarking, under his breath, that he didn't like that kind of joking, and that Miss Sally would be 'a much better fellow' if she forbore to aggravate him.
As Mr Brass and Miss Sally looked up to ascertain the cause, the top sash was nimbly lowered from without, and Quilp thrust in his head.
Hold your nonsense, Mr Quilp, do,' returned Miss Sally, with a grim smile.