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fair game

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.
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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.
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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]
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fair game

someone or something considered a reasonable target for criticism, exploitation, or attack.
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fair ˈgame

if 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.
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fair game

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).
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But for those politicians who are in the closet, their lives may seem even more fair game than ever before, particularly if they reek of hypocrisy.
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But the Portuguese avoided prison yesterday after a court heard it was "fair game" to kill birds for food in his home country.
Or do they think killing a mother and child is fair game.
The survey from online bank Egg says the average household is "fair game for the opportunist thief".
Sure, he's fair game, but Victoria is the innocent party in the whole sorry saga and didn't deserve the complete and utter mauling of her personality, appearance, career, and skills as a mother which ensued.
Every little town and village across Ireland is now fair game for the evil pushers.
But that doesn't make him fair game for any sleazy story.
I can remember when football was a fair game played by men.
After criticism of his tweet, Mr Hamilton said the 16-year-old is "fair game".
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