straw man Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
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straw mannoun [C]

uk   us   (also man of straw) UK

straw man noun [C] (ARGUMENT)

an ​argument, ​claim, or ​opponent that is ​invented in ​order to ​win or ​create an ​argument: The ​idea that ​nationalidentity will be ​lost as a ​result of ​Europeanintegration is just a ​straw man which he is ​wasting his ​timefighting.

straw man noun [C] (CRIME)

someone, often an ​imaginaryperson, who is used to ​hide an ​illegal or ​secretactivity: The ​frauddepended on hundreds of ​bankaccounts being ​opened on ​behalf of ​straw men.
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