Discover The Influence Of Portuguese On English Via This Quiz!
We’ve gathered some interesting words donated to English from Portuguese … as well as some that just don’t translate at all. Do you know what they mean?
Question 1 of 11
Which of the following animal names traces its immediate origin to Portuguese?

Origin of man of straw

First recorded in 1615–25
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Example sentences from the Web for man of straw

  • Suppose this man-of-straw, Dingle, gets a judgment and his paltry damages are paidwhat then?

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British Dictionary definitions for man of straw

man of straw


a person of little substance
Also called: straw man mainly US a person used as a cover for some dubious plan or enterprise; front man
a man who cannot be relied upon to honour his financial commitments, esp because of his limited resources
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