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fair game


  • WordNet 3.6
    • n fair game a person who is the aim of an attack (especially a victim of ridicule or exploitation) by some hostile person or influence "he fell prey to muggers","everyone was fair game","the target of a manhunt"
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Fair game - If something or someone is fair game, then it is acceptable to target, criticise or attack them.


In literature:

When that was fairly going, he cut the choicest slices from his game, and it was speedily broiled over the blaze.
"Camp-fire and Wigwam" by Edward Sylvester Ellis
The question arose, Was he refusing the money fairly or was he merely playing a game?
"A Successful Shadow" by Harlan Page Halsey
He had planned this "game" which now bade fair to be such an utter failure, and if anyone must suffer, why, let it be him.
"Madeline Payne, the Detective's Daughter" by Lawrence L. Lynch
I have lost to you, but the game was not fair; dear mendicant, you played with a card up your sleeve!
"The Jessica Letters: An Editor's Romance" by Paul Elmer More
He looked on me as fair game.
"Stingaree" by E. W. (Ernest William) Hornung
Remorseless he was by choice, but he would play the game with an English sportsman's love of fair play.
"A Daughter of Raasay" by William MacLeod Raine
In your lightest games, you have always some one to see what you call 'fair-play.
"The Crown of Wild Olive" by John Ruskin
You were out of position, but if you hadn't been, that ball would have fallen fair, and Tom Binns would have lost his game.
"The Boy Scout Fire Fighters" by Robert Maitland
Bill he knew already fairly well as a tough nut to crack, game to the core, and staunch to his friends.
"Crooked Trails and Straight" by William MacLeod Raine
She has played and won, and now she holds it hardly fair that she should interfere with other people's game.
"Modern Women and What is Said of Them" by Anonymous
She was an impartial referee; her one desire being to play a fair game.
"Hester's Counterpart" by Jean K. Baird
I will play the game and I will play it fair.
"The Cheerful Smugglers" by Ellis Parker Butler
We have been on opposite sides, but we have played the game fairly.
"My Sword's My Fortune" by Herbert Hayens
I put the game to you fair and square.
"Desert Dust" by Edwin L. Sabin
There was a fair-sized crowd in attendance, but nothing like the throng that would have been present at a league game.
"Baseball Joe in the Big League" by Lester Chadwick
The bridegroom is fair game all the world over for the Rabelaisian jest and the clown's horseplay.
"The Dop Doctor" by Clotilde Inez Mary Graves
Fritz had never seen a serow before, but taking it for granted it was fair game, he sprang at the creature on sight.
"The Plant Hunters" by Mayne Reid
Even some of our Washington editors turn aside from the fair game.
"History of Woman Suffrage, Volume II"
There is great fairness and impartiality in the game.
"The Humourous Story of Farmer Bumpkin's Lawsuit" by Richard Harris
He had not quite approved of Rachel's conduct, but the lord had been fair game for a woman.
"The Landleaguers" by Anthony Trollope

In poetry:

By gum; that woman! But she beat me flat!
A man's jist putty in a game like that.
She owned me 'appy 'ome almost before
She fairly got 'er nose inside me door.
"The Kid " by C J Dennis
The King has asked of his son so good,
“Why art thou hushed and heavy of mood?
O fair it is to ride abroad.
Thou playest not, and thou laughest not;
All thy good game is clean forgot.”
"The Son's Sorrow" by William Morris
The lovely Fair come next in view;
They are the game I must pursue.
No--at a distance I shall stand;
I own they've far the upper hand.
No character my Muse assails;
I'd rather have their lips than nails.
"The Jealous Head" by William Hutton
Dear Comrade: In the game of politics
A Senator gits quite enough of kicks
Without 'is photer sittin' in the press
Wot makes 'is map look like a nasty mess --
A pitcher that present 'im to the mob
A fair gazob.
"It's No Joke to One Bloke" by C J Dennis
'E makes me tired. But, all the same,
I tries to work a little game.
"Look 'ere," I sez. "About this Flo.
Jim mightn't come back 'ome, yeh know.
You 'ave a fly; yeh're sure to score;
Besides, all's fair in love an'war."
"Jim's Girl" by C J Dennis
We'd had a meetin' at the mill; the boss had said his say -
The good old boss, who stints himself to find the men their pay -
He told us, fair an' honest, he was up against the game
Unless he got the timber out before the Winter came.
"Murray's Ride" by C J Dennis

In news:

State Fair game operators warned against scamming customers.
Romney's record at Bain Capital is fair game, Obama says (+video).
Taking the debate to Cathy McMorris Rodgers and her cutting crew is fair game .
All fair game at Summit.
Why Romney's High School Bullying Is Fair Game .
Illegal During Watergate, Unlimited Campaign Contributions Now Fair Game .
'It's fair game on goaltenders'.
Questions about Mitt Romney's faith are fair game .
Maryland Gaming Law Fairly Neutral on Racing.
Mayfair Games' popular Catan game served as inspiration when high fashion joined the gaming world on the runway Nov 14 at the Chicago Toy & Game Fair.
While many are looking foward to all the fun and games at the Cowley County Fair, one ride, in particular will not be making a return to this year's fair.
The 54th annual fair featuring games, food and rides begins June 28th and runs thru July 10.
All Packers topics are fair game.
They're still fair game for public mockery.
Mike Garafolo looks at what's wrong with the Giants' passing game right now, and lays a pretty fair share of the blame at the feet of two-time Super Bowl MVP quarterback Eli Manning.

In science:

This condition can be computed using Gist following the same steps as in the above example: first the tool finds that no safety assumption is necessary, and then it computes the fairness assumption in the synthesis game.
GIST: A Solver for Probabilistic Games
Under the unique games conjecture, the approximability of finite-valued VCSP is fairly well-understood.
Min CSP on Four Elements: Moving Beyond Submodularity
It is unclear, however, from this method which choice of the parameters will yield the fair games.
Diophantine Equations of Matching Games I
Furthermore, we characterize the components containing the fair games.
Diophantine Equations of Matching Games I
For n = 3, we show that the graph consists of two trees with the nontrivial 3-color fair games forming a full binary tree.
Diophantine Equations of Matching Games I
We then study what are the possible coordinates of fair games in Section 5.
Diophantine Equations of Matching Games I
In Section 6, we establish some partial results concerning the asymptotic behavior of 3-color fair games.
Diophantine Equations of Matching Games I
The 2-color fair games are pairs of consecutive triangular numbers.
Diophantine Equations of Matching Games I
Using Theorem 2.1, a few simple computations tell us the number of fair 2-color games of norm bounded by a given number.
Diophantine Equations of Matching Games I
There are infinitely many faithful n-color fair games.
Diophantine Equations of Matching Games I
Since there are infinitely many faithful 2-color fair games (Theorem 2.1), the theorem follows by induction on n.
Diophantine Equations of Matching Games I
Even though the method above solves Equation (1), it is unclear which choice of the parameters will produce fair games.
Diophantine Equations of Matching Games I
Every component of S + n contains fair games.
Diophantine Equations of Matching Games I
Once this is achieved, we will have an effective way of generating all fair games since each of them is connected to some positive root.
Diophantine Equations of Matching Games I
Incidentally, this also shows that for n ≥ 4, every natural number is a coordinate of some faithful n-color fair game.
Diophantine Equations of Matching Games I