Aunt Sally


Aunt Sal·​ly -ˈsa-lē How to pronounce Aunt Sally (audio)
plural Aunt Sallies
: an object of criticism or contention
especially : one that is set up to invite criticism or be easily refuted

Word History


Aunt Sally, name given to an effigy of a woman smoking a pipe set up as an amusement attraction at English fairs for patrons to throw missiles at

First Known Use

1859, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Aunt Sally was in 1859

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Cite this Entry

“Aunt Sally.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Mar. 2024.

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