Aunt Sally


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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
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FUNDRAISERS: Wendy Lucas from the flower guild, and festival organiser Vina Ross with Worzel and Aunt Sally
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Each week he tried to win the affections of stand-offish rag doll, Aunt Sally (Una Stubbs).
Former Opposition peers leader in the Lords, Viscount Cranborne last night accused the Government of using the House of Lords as 'an Aunt Sally'in the row over foxhunting.
HER childhood pin-up was Aunt Sally when Worzel Gummidge seems a more obvious role model.
Stuffed straw parents Worzel Gummidge and Aunt Sally celebrated their new arrival, following the success of their wedding at the church last year.
The man who took just six months in the job to make the bank an all-purpose Aunt Sally by singularly ruthless branch closures, treats his annual meeting to a lecture on 'stakeholders' - how customers, staff, 'the community at large' rank alongside shareholders.
She screamed, waking her aunt Sally, who tried to convince her it was all a dream.
Mr Walker, who lives in Atterton Lane, Witherley, said: "Last year, we held a scaregrow wedding when a Worzel Gummidge creation was finally married to his true love, Aunt Sally.
He was the American who gloried at being the highest paid chairman of any British company, who then made the luckless Mr Cedric Brown a national aunt Sally when he applied the principle recklessly in the boardroom of British Gas.
Ever since Roman Abramovich arrived in west London three years ago, the club believes it has become football's Aunt Sally, an easy target for all their rivals.
St Peter's Church in Witherley, near Atherstone, staged a scarecrow wedding, where a Worzel Gummidge creation was finally able to marry his true love Aunt Sally, presided over by a scarecrow vicar and flanked by scarecrow bridesmaids.
"She was bred by my aunt Sally Hall (Leyburn trainer), she told me to buy the filly so all credit to her, and the main objective is a pounds 30,000 sales race at Doncaster in October."
Returning from New York to his Deep South hometown, Darrin learns that in order to inherit his recently deceased Aunt Sally's fortune, he has to coach the tone deaf singers to victory.
Doing her best Aunt Sally impression with over-rouged cheeks and too much mascara, Victoria sucked in her chops and attempted to gaze winningly into the camera.