Over thirty years ago, I tackled the subject in The straw man.
But Scarborough said that it was a "straw man's argument" to pretend that all Republicans want European-style austerity.
The problem is that the media apologists are battling a straw man.
But Ryan did not present the target or straw man they foolishly hoped and planned for.
Chomping on a fine Cuban cigar, he speculated that Seif might even be a straw man for America.
We may have been fooled, and we may be chasing a straw man in a paper boat right at this minute, sir.
A sledge, too, is drawn by a ram, with a straw man as driver.
In the neighbourhood of Morlanwelz a straw man is burnt in the fire.
The straw man soon found the egg, which he placed in his jacket pocket.
Gibson put out thick brown arms and hauled him inside like a straw man, ignoring the native.
A made-up version of an opponent's argument that can easily be defeated. To accuse people of attacking a straw man is to suggest that they are avoiding worthier opponents and more valid criticisms of their own position: “His speech had emotional appeal, but it wasn't really convincing because he attacked a straw man rather than addressing the real issues.”