straw man


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straw man

n.
1. An argument or opponent set up so as to be easily refuted or defeated.
2. Law See dummy.

[From the making of sham human figures out of bundles of straw, as for use as scarecrows or practice targets .]

straw man

n
1. (Crafts) a figure of a man made from straw
2. a variant of man of straw

straw′ man′


n.
1. a person whose function is only to cover another's activities; front.
2. a conveniently weak or innocuous person, object, or issue used as a seeming adversary or argument.
[1895–1900]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.straw man - a person used as a cover for some questionable activitystraw man - a person used as a cover for some questionable activity
beguiler, cheater, deceiver, trickster, slicker, cheat - someone who leads you to believe something that is not true
2.straw man - a weak or sham argument set up to be easily refuted
specious argument - an argument that appears good at first view but is really fallacious
3.straw man - an effigy in the shape of a man to frighten birds away from seedsstraw man - an effigy in the shape of a man to frighten birds away from seeds
effigy, simulacrum, image - a representation of a person (especially in the form of sculpture); "the coin bears an effigy of Lincoln"; "the emperor's tomb had his image carved in stone"
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The straw man soon found the egg, which he placed in his jacket pocket.
The Wizard was also most heartily welcomed by the straw man, who was an important personage in the Land of Oz.
I WRITE to voice my opposition to Dr Matthew Stevens straw man argument on the iron ring fiasco.
The ceiling is held up by a giant straw man, which appeared to be that of Enrique de Malacca, the Malay slave who served as an interpreter for Portuguese explorer, Ferdinand Magellan, who, according to Baguio-based filmmaker Kidlat Tahimik said, was 'erroneously credited' for discovering the Philippines in 1521.
Cat We Sell THERE was a farm called Scatterbrook Birds aplenty, jackdaw, raven, rook TV series and a book Psychology in niche and nook Scarecrows apparently like cake Cups of tea an adventure make Worzel's world of give and take A hapless straw man on a stake A robin's nest in his heart Aunt Sally played her part Saucy Nancy a sailor's tart Hitch a ride on an 'orse and cart Every episode had a plan Childs ren's life in a caravan The compost heap no one outran Hats off to the Crowman
Tim Gallagher commits a straw man fallacy when he writes that many editors and journalists don't report on religion because they find religion "shallow or unscientific, yet they report on sports they find frivolous.
Like the administration whose failed Syria policy it supports, the editorial board enlists a straw man to make its point.
In rhetoric, a straw man is when an orator builds up a fictitious argument for the sake of tearing it down to seemingly strengthen his or her own case.
Grange Moor Community Association is inviting villagers to try their hand at building a straw man, or woman, ahead of offi-cial judging at the end of the month.
The court holds that an arrangement involving an agreement with a straw man is illegal.
The fear that any discussion of non-four-year colleges will lead to tracking is a straw man argument.
However, in the past we have served as the straw man that was stood up to be beaten back down just so some candidate would get elected; nor has the electorate in the Kamloops riding stood up and questioned why the candidates have not put on their agenda Aboriginal issues.