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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!
A particularly tall, thin woman or girl. I know it's crazy, but anytime he goes out on his own or with his friends, I have this irrational anxiety that some long-tall-Sally is going to catch his eye and steal him away from me. I was always a long-tall-Sally as a kid, which I think intimidated some of the boys in my class.
1. To leap out and rush forward very suddenly. We're waiting for some cover fire before we sally forth. The cat hunched behind the sofa in wait, then sallied forth to catch the mouse.
2. To set out, as on some journey, trip, excursion, etc. I spent the week getting everything in order before sallying forth to Europe. As hard as it may be, all parents should urge their children to sally forth to different parts of the country or the world after they finish grade school.
to go forth; to leave and go out. The soldiers sallied forth from behind the stone wall. Well, it's time to sally forth and drive to work.
n. a tall girl or woman. Isn’t she a gorgeous long-tall-Sally?