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Origin of straw man
Example sentences from the Web for straw man
At best, it is a classic strawman argument to challenge 90-year-old claims that nobody asserts today.
In contrast, House Speaker John Boehner just grabs at the nearest strawman.
Then I learned that my indefinite gentleman had been a partner of the forger's brother, and that his name was Strawman.Creditors; Pariah|August Strindberg
We'll drag out Mr. Strawman, and lynch him to the big gate before they get along.Chip, of the Flying U|B. M. Bower
British Dictionary definitions for straw man
noun mainly US
Cultural definitions for straw man
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.”