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straw man

straw man

noun

: a weak or imaginary argument or opponent that is set up to be easily defeated

Full Definition of STRAW MAN

1
:  a weak or imaginary opposition (as an argument or adversary) set up only to be easily confuted
2
:  a person set up to serve as a cover for a usually questionable transaction

First Known Use of STRAW MAN

1886

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