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straw man

straw man

 
pronunciation:
straw maen
part of speech: noun
definition 1: a bundle of straw made to resemble a human being; scarecrow.
definition 2: a weak, easily refuted argument or position, alleged by a politician, debater, or the like to be held by his or her opponents, so that he or she can appear to be superior or victorious by demolishing the argument or position.
definition 3: a person used as a cover for the questionable activities of another; front; blind.
definition 4: a person regarded as a nonentity.