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English definition of “straw man”

straw man

noun [C] uk   (also man of straw) us  

straw man noun [C] (CRIME)

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.

straw man noun [C] (ARGUMENT)

mainly UK an argument, claim, or opponent that is invented in order to win or create an argument: The idea that national identity will be lost as a result of European integration is just a man of straw which he is wasting his time fighting.
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