"aunt sally" Definition

Definitions for the word "aunt sally" from multiple English dictionaries.

1. n.
1 game in which sticks or balls are thrown at a wooden dummy. 2 target of general abuse.
Source: Oxford English Dictionary, 1884
2. slang
a favourite figure on racecourses and at fairs, consisting of a wooden head mounted on a stick, firmly fixed in the ground; in the nose of which, or rather where the nose should be, a tobacco-pipe is inserted. The fun consists in standing at a distance and demolishing AUNT SALLY’S pipe-clay projection with short bludgeons, very similar to the halves of broom-handles. The Duke of Beaufort is a “crack hand” at smashing pipe noses; and his performances some years ago on Brighton racecourse, which brought the game into notoriety, are yet fresh in remembrance. AUNT SALLY has, however, had her day, and once again the inevitable “three shies a penny!” is chief among our outdoor amusements.
Source: The Slang Dictionary, 1864

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