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man of straw (also straw man) 1) a person who is a sham. 2) a person undertaking a financial commitment without adequate means.
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  • Straw man (disambiguation) — Straw man is a rhetorical technique (also classified as a logical fallacy) based on misrepresentation of an opponent s position.Straw man may also refer to:* Straw man (dummy), a dummy made from straw * Straw man (law), in law, a third party that …   Wikipedia

  • Man of straw — Straw Straw, n. [OE. straw, stre, stree, AS. stre[ a]w, from the root of E. strew; akin to OFries. str[=e], D. stroo, G. stroh, OHG. str[=o], Icel. str[=a], Dan. straa, Sw. str[*a]. [root]166. See {Strew}.] 1. A stalk or stem of certain species… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • straw man — 1590s, doll or scarecrow made of bound straw, from STRAW (Cf. straw) + MAN (Cf. man). Figuratively, in debates, by 1896. Man of straw imaginary opponent is recorded from 1620s …   Etymology dictionary

  • Straw — Straw, n. [OE. straw, stre, stree, AS. stre[ a]w, from the root of E. strew; akin to OFries. str[=e], D. stroo, G. stroh, OHG. str[=o], Icel. str[=a], Dan. straa, Sw. str[*a]. [root]166. See {Strew}.] 1. A stalk or stem of certain species of… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • man — ► NOUN (pl. men) 1) an adult human male. 2) a male member of a workforce, team, etc. 3) a husband or lover. 4) a person. 5) human beings in general. 6) a figure or token used in a board game …   English terms dictionary

  • Straw (disambiguation) — Straw may refer to:*Straw *Drinking straw *Soda straw, a mineral *Straw chamber, a particle detector *Straw hat *Straw marquetry *Straw poll *Straw, County Londonderry, a village in Northern IrelandIn entertainment: *Straw (band), a British pop… …   Wikipedia

  • man of straw (also straw man) — 1》 a person who is a sham. 2》 a person undertaking a financial commitment without adequate means. → man …   English new terms dictionary

  • straw — S3 [stro: US stro:] n [: Old English; Origin: streaw] 1.) a) [U] the dried stems of wheat or similar plants that animals sleep on, and that are used for making things such as baskets, hats etc →↑hay ▪ a straw hat b) a single dried stem of stra …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • straw — [strô] n. [ME stra < OE streaw, akin to streawian: see STREW] 1. hollow stalks or stems of grain after threshing, collectively: used for fodder, for bedding, for making hats, etc. 2. a single one of such stalks 3. such a stalk or, now esp., a… …   English World dictionary

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