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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Everyone will remember Worzel's catchphrase in which he offered Aunt Sally 'a cup o' tea an' a slice of cake' but what people might not know is that The Crowman who made Worzel and some of his other friends was played by Geoffrey Bayldon, better known for his starring role as the title character of Catweazle.
Terror quickly turned to worry as thoughts turned to Aunt Sally, who moments earlier had boarded the train.
a step-son, Mark Murzycki of Webster; a step-daughter, Jacqueline Phelps and Joel Phelps of Webster; seven grandchildren, Jodie, James IV, Mark, Michael, Jaime, Danielle and Nathan and five great-grandchildren; his beloved aunt Sally Barnaby of Webster; and cousins in Maine.
He would claim he put himself up as the Aunt Sally, taking the role of hate figure to allow others to get on with rebuilding Rangers.
albeit sorely missing the dark dulcet tones of Mark Strong's narration and Una Stubbs failing to find an ancestor named Aunt Sally.
Una went on to further success as Aunt Sally in Worzel Gummidge.
One of the speakers at the Mass was her aunt Sally, who paid a glowing, warm and at times funny tribute to Olivia.
Katy's Secret, who won the opening claimer, is trained by William Jarvis for his aunt Sally Hall, while the Guy Reedowned Beautiful Day, winner of the concluding 1m handicap, was ridden by trainer Kevin Ryan's daughter Amy.
ON behalf of Coventry Solo Club, I have permission from Heart of England to raise money for the local Alzheimer's Society by taking an Aunt Sally I made for one of our seaside dances to the "seaside" at Shelton Square.
He even resorted to jokes not about Labour's fresh-faced Ed Miliband, but jibes at ex-Labour leader Lord Kinnock, who must have thought his days as an Aunt Sally for Tory leaders were over.
Eliot, Harden and Betjeman: his Cambridge years; his sense of humour; his relations with working class poets and poetry; Tennyson's poetry when read aloud; and finally, an interesting look at how the poet's reputation as a mid-Victorian Aunt Sally took shape between 1892 and 1918.
growing up in Texas, Danny Mitchell would look forward to visiting his Aunt Sally in Bassfield.
They also recount the life of miners, the saloons, the role of the Chinese in the town's development, efforts to clean up the town, and other people like Jedediah Smith, Tom Moore, prostitutes Madame Moustache and Poker Alice, and Aunt Sally, Custer's cook, as well as the town's portrayal on TV, in music, and in historical fiction.
I have to say, by the end of it all I felt very peculiar and a glance in the mirror revealed something of a cross between Aunt Sally from Wurzel Gummidge and Abba, circa 1974 but then I suspect that has far more to do with my attitude to make-up than anything that was actually put on my face.
Aunt Sally is unlikely to tell everyone her nephew just got "civil unioned" because there are no convenient terms for this concept.