- a straw-stuffed figure of a man; scarecrow; straw man.
- an insignificant person.
Origin of jackstraw
Examples from the Web for jackstraws
And why were they all crosswise with each other, like jackstraws?Stepsons of Light|Eugene Manlove Rhodes
Twenty years later, in 1823, occurred the heap of jackstraws from which emerged the Monroe Doctrine.
Sue had stolen some matches and was using them as Jackstraws.The Harbor|Ernest Poole
European diplomacy at any moment of any year reminds you, if you inspect it closely, of a game of jackstraws.
She was past mistress of the pretty game of jackstraws, much in vogue at that time.Homespun Tales|Kate Douglas Wiggin