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What is Fair Game?

 , updated on June 28, 2017
Fair game is a person or organization that is a reasonable target for criticism or an aggressive strategy. It embodies the idea that the ethics of a particular strategy may depend upon the target. This typically depends on factors such as the authority, responsibilities, strength, position, readiness and behavior of the target.
Overview: Fair Game
TypeOffice Politics
DefinitionA person or organization that is an considered an acceptable target for an action that might be considered unacceptable in other circumstances against other targets.
ExamplesStrongly worded criticism may be acceptable when targeted at a peer who has significant authority and responsibility. It may be unacceptable when directed at junior employees, new employees or customers.
A company that uses aggressive marketing strategies such as undercutting the competition and criticizing competing products in advertising may be seen as fair game for tit for tat responses.
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