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English definition of “straw man”

straw man

noun [C] (CRIME)    (also man of straw) UK
someone, often an imaginary person, who is used to hide an illegal or secret activity: The fraud depended on hundreds of bank accounts being opened on behalf of straw men.Miscellaneous criminals
(Definition of straw man noun (CRIME) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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