Etymology
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straw man (n.)

1590s, "doll or scarecrow made of bound straw," from straw (n.) + man (n.). Figuratively, in debates, by 1896, from man of straw "an easily refuted imaginary opponent in an argument," which is recorded from 1620s.

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Definitions of straw man

straw man (n.)
a person used as a cover for some questionable activity;
Synonyms: front man / front / figurehead / nominal head / strawman
straw man (n.)
a weak or sham argument set up to be easily refuted;
Synonyms: strawman
straw man (n.)
an effigy in the shape of a man to frighten birds away from seeds;
Synonyms: scarecrow / strawman / bird-scarer / scarer
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