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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.
THIRSK: 2.00 Strawman, 2.30 Divin Bere, 3.05 Good Reason, 3.40 Tommy Taylor, 4.15 Queen's Sargent, 4.45 Rudy Lewis, 5.15 My Ukulele, 5.45 B Fifty Two.
But this is nothing new: anti-gunners have been galvanizing their base with hyperbole, exaggeration and strawman arguments for decades.
But even allowing for Corbett's defense of Drake, the triumphalist historiography of the Royal Navy is nothing more than a strawman for Gorrochategui and a red herring for his readers.
Strawman Residents put up their scarecrows this year's competition.
Among the real-life challenges tackled, parried and faced up to in these earnest, dazed and dive-bombing (Freakazoid), jagged and self-confronting (Strawman) songs are parental bereavement and, that old standby of bands getting to grips with their career long-term - rehab and recovery.
It is important that we do not fight a strawman. Crimes of an anti-Muslim nature often have a racial dimension.
These biases include the strawman fallacy, dichotomous thinking, the converse error, and just not considering individual differences in children.
He then exposes humanistic attacks on Scholasticism as so much strawman argumentation.
In recent bankruptcy court filings, CHP alleges that Davidkhanian is a mere strawman for the Schwyharts' "fraudulent schemes to keep their assets, including their multimillion-dollar trophy home, beyond the reach of their creditors."
My old Steelhead Camp compatriots would describe it as one of "Strawman's Death Marches," and not entirely without acrimony.
The DAU SS COP (formally known in the Acquisition Community Connection [ACC] as the SSPS Special Interest Area [SSPS SIA]) is a repository of the senior leader interviews, lessons learned, strawman plans and schedules as well as examples of status briefs and other tools for assisting program management personnel in this endeavor.