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Legitimately or permissibly targeted for something, such as criticism, use, or discussion. As the youngest sibling, I'm always fair game for mockery at family events. If you're playing football with us, then you're fair game to get tackled.
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.
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]
fair gamesomeone or something considered a reasonable target for criticism, exploitation, or attack.
fair ˈgameif 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.
A legitimate object of attack, pursuit, or mockery. The analogy, of course, is to hunting, and the term has been used figuratively since the early nineteenth century. “They were indeed fair game for the laughers,” wrote Thomas Macaulay in his essay on Milton (1825).