Definition of Fair game

1. Noun. A person who is the aim of an attack (especially a victim of ridicule or exploitation) by some hostile person or influence. "The target of a manhunt"

Exact synonyms: Prey, Quarry, Target
Generic synonyms: Victim
Derivative terms: Prey, Target

Definition of Fair game

1. Noun. (idiomatic) Actions permissible by the rules. ¹

2. Noun. (idiomatic) A goal or an object that may legitimately be sought. ¹

3. Noun. (idiomatic) An acceptable subject of criticism, scrutiny, or mockery. ¹

4. Noun. (&lit fair game): a game that is fair, that does not involve cheating, etc. ¹

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Fair Game

fair-weather friend
fair and square
fair ball
fair bet
fair catch
fair chance
fair copy
fair crack of the whip
fair deal
fair dinkum
fair dos
fair enough
fair game (current term)
fair go
fair hearing
fair linen
fair market value
fair market values
fair off
fair play
fair suck of the sauce bottle
fair suck of the sav
fair to middlin'
fair to middling
fair trade
fair up

Literary usage of Fair game

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1. Memoirs of Charles Lee Lewes: Containing Anecdotes, Historical and by Charles Lee Lewes (1805)
"Having been witness to many of them above thirty years ago, they are surely as fair game for me as him. Mr. Collins knows they existed from twenty to thirty ..."

2. The War Book of the German General Staff, Being "The Usages of War on Land by John Hartmann Morgan (1915)
"Sieges and Bombardments War is waged not merely with the hostile combat- Fair Game, ants but also with the inanimate military resources of the enemy. ..."

3. Smiling 'round the World by Marshall Pinckney Wilder (1908)
"Americans Unwelcome—They Are fair game for Extortion and Bobbery—We Are Invited to Dine with Mr. Wei Yuk—Are Carried Up the Peak by Coolie Bearers—A ..."

4. The English Spy: An Original Work, Characteristic, Satirical, and Humorous by Charles Molloy Westmacott (1826)
"Well-known Characters in the Pump-room taking a Sip with King Bladud—Free Sketches of fair game— The awkward Rencontre, or Mr. B—— and Miss L. —Public ..."

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