man of straw


noun


Nearby words

  1. man of galilee,
  2. man of god,
  3. man of his word,
  4. man of letters,
  5. man of sorrows,
  6. man of the cloth,
  7. man of the hour,
  8. man of the house,
  9. man of the moment,
  10. man of the world

Origin of man of straw

First recorded in 1615–25

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Examples 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

noun

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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