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English definition of “man of straw”

man of straw

noun [C] uk   us  

man of straw noun [C] (WEAK)

mainly UK someone who has a weak character: He was accused by his opponents of being a man of straw and lacking in decisiveness.Weakness and vulnerability

man of straw noun [C] (IMAGINARY)

a straw manMiscellaneous criminals
(Definition of man of straw from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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