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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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Aunt Flo

euphemism A humorous term for a menstrual period. A pun on the "flow" of blood and tissue from the uterus. Ugh, I have horrible cramps because Aunt Flo has come to town.
See also: aunt, Flo

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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I want to get acquainted with my--my nephews and nieces," said Aunt Eliza, with a rather pleasant glance around our group.
"Well, and what do you think of dear Aunt Eliza?" asked Dan.
"Let me leave you to repose, dear aunt; I will call again to-morrow." I looked accidentally towards the window as I said that.
Could I see my aunt, if I called in Montagu Square?
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.
how short-sighted you all are to be discussing education and plans for the future, when this unhappy child is so plainly marked for the tomb," sighed Aunt Myra, with a lugubrious sniff and a solemn wag of the funereal bonnet, which she refused to remove, being afflicted with a chronic catarrh.
"But, Aunt Chloe, I'm getting mighty hungry," said George.
"Mose done, Mas'r George," said Aunt Chloe, lifting the lid and peeping in,--"browning beautiful--a real lovely brown.
Probably, anyhow, that is why she told me not to talk about him." And Pollyanna, convinced anew of her aunt's "kindness," blinked off the tears and looked eagerly about her.
just ahead, her aunt's black silk skirt rustled luxuriously.
Mosey, starting out of her chair, "your aunt said, 'Hush it up!'"
Tupman,' said the spinster aunt, with averted head, 'I can hardly speak the words; but--but--you are not wholly indifferent to me.'
'Oh, Lord!' said my aunt. And sat flat down in the garden-path.
They did not tell their niece the sad news for several days, not wishing to make her unhappy; but one morning the little girl found Aunt Em softly crying while Uncle Henry tried to comfort her.
"Then take somebody who is nicer" suggested Aunt Jamesina.