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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.
To push his narrative, though, Flake is forced to construct an elaborate strawman that bears little resemblance to reality.
These critiques and interrogations are neither careerist nor dependent upon strawman arguments.
Facebook may view the issue of a Muslim registry--or at least view the likelihood it would be asked to help build it-as a strawman, but the possibility is viewed as a very real one to many as President-elect Donald Trump's administration readies to take office.
Instead, the Humanist publishes a strawman description of the most humanistic candidate to run for the presidency in decades.
He does this by employing a very well known rhetorical trick, the so-called Gish Gallop, designed to overcome an opponent by presenting a string of superficially plausible half-truths and strawman arguments that are intended to lead the unwary reader uncritically to accept an untruth that supports his position.
Cook's support of illegal immigration, and everyone in District 8 knows this to be a strawman argument since Thomas McNutt and his family have been pillars of this community for generations," he said in an email.
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.
And this can lead to a Strawman Argument whereby we misinterpret a person's argument and then attack that misinterpretation.
Somewhat more tellingly, the introduction criticizes colonial modernity writings for rendering the nationalistic narrative ostensibly present in much Korean scholarship as a strawman, but Lee's version of colonial modernity itself is made of the same stuff(ing).
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.