straw man


Definition of straw man

1 : a weak or imaginary opposition (such 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

Examples of straw man in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Notably, Villanueva appears to have set up a straw man here. Oliver Darcy, CNN, 26 Apr. 2022 Funneling money surreptitiously to campaigns through other donors — known as straw man donations — would violate federal campaign finance laws. New York Times, 8 Feb. 2022 Senator Brown’s $300 per month tax cut is a straw man in more ways than one. Norbert Michel, Forbes, 3 Nov. 2021 The attempt to shut down all such conversations in the name of a broad, blurred, straw man version of Critical Race Theory does not serve the nation’s best interests. Peter Greene, Forbes, 23 June 2021 Indeed, beef as straw man is not accidental, according to Marion Nestle, an author and nutrition professor emerita at New York University. Washington Post, 26 Apr. 2021 That kept their favorite straw man alive to take more hits. Sabrina Eaton, cleveland, 14 Apr. 2021 But the claim is a straw man: there is no epidemic of pandemic denial. Jacob Hale Russell, STAT, 23 Dec. 2020 The Axe debuted on the eve of a baseball game between the universities in 1899, when Stanford students used it to decapitate a straw man adorned in Cal blue and gold. Rusty Simmons,, 26 Nov. 2020 See More

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First Known Use of straw man

1886, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of straw man was in 1886

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6 May 2022

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“Straw man.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 May. 2022.

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Legal Definition of straw man

: an intermediary for a transaction (as a conveyance of real property)


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