straw man

noun

Definition of straw man

  1. 1 :  a weak or imaginary opposition (such as an argument or adversary) set up only to be easily confuted

  2. 2 :  a person set up to serve as a cover for a usually questionable transaction

1886

First Known Use of straw man

1886


STRAW MAN Defined for English Language Learners

straw man

noun

Definition of straw man for English Language Learners

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


Law Dictionary

straw man

noun

Legal Definition of straw man

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

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