straw man

noun

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

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First Known Use of straw man

1886

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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STRAW MAN Defined for English Language Learners

straw man

Definition of straw man for English Language Learners

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


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straw man

noun

legal Definition of straw man

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

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