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Noun1.strawman - a person used as a cover for some questionable activitystrawman - 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.strawman - 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.strawman - an effigy in the shape of a man to frighten birds away from seedsstrawman - 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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Button-Bright was wonderfully attracted by the strawman, and so was Polly.
The patent had been opposed by two parties, BASF and Strawman Limited.
It is unfortunate that Ward uses a strawman of embellished assertions designed to discredit our work without directly confronting the conclusions or presenting any evidence that would further enlighten discussion and knowledge of the subject matter.
If you think I'm simply constructing a strawman, it's worth noting that on November 24, 2014, the AHA posted a meme on their Facebook page in support of black lives matter.
A The Lion B The Witch of the West C The Strawman D The Tin Man QUESTION 4 - for 4 points: According to the Bram Stoker novel where did Dracula float ashore in a wooden coffin?
In a May 28 commencement speech at West Point, the president unveiled what was billed as a "doctrine," but was more properly received as an irritating, incoherent series of rhetorical attacks against strawman isolationists and ultra-interventionists.
I am tempted to label the Thermidor thesis as a sort of strawman argument, but the fact that so many pundits still rely on it today makes me bite my tongue.
In both cases, I found myself confronting an interesting situation: the necessity of the gun control crowd to fight against strawman arguments.
The strawman is a performance and incentive framework, developed with general practice in mind, that has been taken up by the ministry.
His broad reliance on the term "capitalism" is a frustrating habit resembling the creation of a strawman.
Strawman, its newest unfiltered cider, is tart and earthy, made from a blend of European-grown apples, presented in a 750-ml.
We developed the strawman, a financial model that would make this come to life and laid that on the table.