fair game


: someone or something that can be chased, attacked, or criticized
Celebrities are fair game for the tabloids.
The tourists were fair game for the pickpockets.
Even her retirement savings were fair game for her creditors.

Examples of fair game in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Despite the heat, any place with a beach or theme park is fair game during the summer, and spring break draws crowds everywhere. Skye Sherman, Travel + Leisure, 24 Mar. 2024 Even the cosmos is fair game, especially in a tech world known for its moon shots and escape velocities. Sam Dean, Los Angeles Times, 13 Mar. 2024 That meant wild animals like raccoons, livestock such as sheep, and other animals seen as novelties were fair game for pet cafes – which were further shielded by their official business registration as restaurants or rest areas. Cnn.com Wire Service, The Mercury News, 12 Jan. 2024 Most anything from that era feels fair game at this point. Andy Greene, Rolling Stone, 8 Mar. 2024 The company operates a 262-acre facility in north Durham, so Charlotte’s court is fair game, the complaints say. Julia Coin, Charlotte Observer, 8 Mar. 2024 Currently, participation in a stateside or international Test Pilot School program is fair game, too. Andrew Paul, Popular Science, 6 Mar. 2024 Although the 2017 change in the tax law made more payments to the government nondeductible, payments of restitution are generally still fair game for tax write-offs. Robert W. Wood, Forbes, 20 Feb. 2024 Their role was limited to sales; the deli counter, too, was fair game. Olivia Potts, Longreads, 15 Feb. 2024

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