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.
He claims: "I often heard the 'No' mantra: 'We are too wee, too poor and too stupid to govern ourselves'." I doubt if any supporter of the Union has ever used this risible phrase which was first coined by John Swinney and is continually used as a straw man argument by the SNP.
This was the trick pulled by Tony Bennett when he claimed that Doug Shield and I were using the straw man argument (Journal Letters, August 6).
This particular straw man is, of course, designed to discredit anyone who claims that Iran-aligned Shiite militias are a problem, by suggesting that they are better understood on their own terms in a national, rather than an international, context.
There were slogans that what happened to Zainab would not happen again but how soon we go into complacency when there are straw man to cling to and when tragedies of equal horror happen but are forced out of the mainstream by state.
Im just as tired of hearing straw man arguments (like "the left wants open borders so they get more voters.") We need to get past political games they only benefit the two parties, not Americans in general.
Those who deliberately conflate these two are looking for a straw man to blame, one that deflects examination of the structural and leadership issues in the church that allowed these criminal acts to occur and be covered up for so many decades.
"The fraudulent mergers functioned in such a way that an indebted company was merged with another company in trouble or a company without any assets or owned by a straw man. Afterwards creditors only had a little chance to recover their claims.
And there are many in the UK Government who pretty much agree they should be devolved, so making a straw man out of further devolution may prove to be a lost opportunity.
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.