Aunt Sally

noun
Aunt Sal·​ly | \ -ˈsa-lē How to pronounce Aunt Sally (audio) \
plural Aunt Sallies

Definition of Aunt Sally

British
: an object of criticism or contention especially : one that is set up to invite criticism or be easily refuted

First Known Use of Aunt Sally

1859, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for Aunt Sally

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

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“Aunt Sally.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Aunt%20Sally. Accessed 19 Jan. 2021.

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