"He is helpless, an Aunt Sally"

The term Aunt Sally can be used to describe someone who is set up to be the target of criticism. The name derives from an old British pub game in which competitors take it in turns to throw balls at a figure, usually fashioned in the image of a woman, in an attempt to knock her down.

A derivative of the game is still played in pubs in Oxforshire and the Cotswolds today, where competitors have to topple a dolly off a spike by throwing batons at it. The video below, shows the game being played in a competition.