man of straw definition

  • noun:
    • A weak individual.
    • A tactic used in debates and arguments in which a weaker thesis is substituted when it comes to opponent's real proposition, this thesis then being refuted, thus producing the illusion of winning the debate up against the original proposition.
    • a puppet; a person who is controlled by other individuals; additionally, a person who is certainly not accountable pecuniarily.
    • an effigy formed by stuffing the garments of a person with straw; hence, a fictitious person; an irresponsible person; a puppet.
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