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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 .]
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
1. (Crafts) a figure of a man made from straw
2. a variant of man of straw
Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged, 12th Edition 2014 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2014
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.
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|Noun||1.||straw man - a person used as a cover for some questionable activity|
|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 seeds|
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