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1.
A logic fallacy involving the purposeful misrepresentation of an argument in order to strike it down.
Beware of logic fallacies.
by Cromage April 25, 2004
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2.
1. Any political issue that holds little or no importance intended to sway voters, usually by fear.

2. A manufactured resistance to an issue, related to astroturfing.

3. A scapegoat.
"Them demon-crats gonna take away all R guns!"

"That's a strawman issue, Cletus."
by Captain Neatoman October 17, 2004
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3.
1. Scarecrow which is flimsy and fragile. Therefore, straw man document or straw man proposal means it is a “flimsy” document that is just an initial draft of a subject which is expected to be modified by others

2. A debate technique used to refute an opposing view by misrepresenting the opposing side and then attribute that deliberately misrepresented view to the opponents.
Someone should start to write a straw man document before we can have discussion for all the details.

The opposition party has conjured up a bogus image before proceeding to knock it down. They are using that bogus image or fallacy as a straw man for the false and scurrilous claim
by vanderpol August 03, 2010
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4.
A sucker who is roped into a scam unknowingly and often used as a scapegoat to deflect the attention of the authorities from the real crime.
In tonight's news, the pastor of a local church became a straw man in a check kiting scam.
by Yochana October 20, 2008
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5.
a man

made of straw.

fuck you.
"I saw a guy made of straw. He was a straw man."
"Holy mother fucking giant bags of shit, you savage cunt."
by Jombo March 25, 2013
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6.
A favorite opponent of philosophers, politicians, pseudo-intellectuals, real intellectuals, atheists, creationists, political activists, and conspiracy theorists, and a perennially useful one at that.
Said the creationist to the uninformed, using his favorite straw man, "Since randomly jamming your television set rarely fixes any problem, the blind process of evolution is therefore a scientific improbability."
by Killing Kittens November 13, 2005
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