strawman

Definitions of strawman
  1. noun
    a weak or sham argument set up to be easily refuted
    synonyms: straw man
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    type of:
    specious argument
    an argument that appears good at first view but is really fallacious
  2. noun
    a person used as a cover for some questionable activity
    synonyms: figurehead, front, front man, nominal head, straw man
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    type of:
    beguiler, cheat, cheater, deceiver, slicker, trickster
    someone who leads you to believe something that is not true
  3. noun
    an effigy in the shape of a man to frighten birds away from seeds
    synonyms: bird-scarer, scarecrow, scarer, straw man
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    type of:
    effigy, image, simulacrum
    a representation of a person (especially in the form of sculpture)
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