fair game

fair game
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    • US Pronunciation
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    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [fair geym]
    • /fɛər geɪm/
    • /feə(r) ɡeɪm/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [fair geym]
    • /fɛər geɪm/

Definitions of fair game words

  • noun fair game a legitimate or likely object of attack, mockery, etc.: With his fat, round face, the politician was fair game for the cartoonists. 1
  • noun fair game justified as a target 1
  • uncountable noun fair game If you say that someone is fair game, you mean that it is acceptable to criticize or attack them, usually because of the way that they behave. 0
  • noun fair game a legitimate object for ridicule or attack 0
  • noun fair game quarry that may legitimately be pursued according to the rules of a particular sport 0
  • noun fair game game that may lawfully be hunted 0

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Origin of fair game

First appearance:

before 1795
One of the 43% newest English words
First recorded in 1795-1805

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Parts of speech for Fair game


fair game popularity

A pretty common term. Usually people know it’s meaning, but prefer to use a more spread out synonym. About 44% of English native speakers know the meaning and use word.
According to our data about 51% of words is more used. This is a rare but used term. It occurs in the pages of specialized literature and in the speech of educated people.

fair game usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for fair game

noun fair game

  • level playing field — a state of equality; an equal opportunity.
  • prey — an animal hunted or seized for food, especially by a carnivorous animal.
  • quarry — an excavation or pit, usually open to the air, from which building stone, slate, or the like, is obtained by cutting, blasting, etc.
  • target — an object, usually marked with concentric circles, to be aimed at in shooting practice or contests.
  • fair shake — an equitable opportunity or treatment: The judges promised that every entrant in the contest would get a fair shake.

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