A type of trolling where the Troller attempts to pwn someone by claiming something they said means something totally different to what that actually meant.
Innocent Person: "I think it is important that school children wear school uniforms".

Strawmanning Person: "Hitler believed in people wearing uniforms, are you trying to make all children Nazis?"

Innocent Person: No, that is not at all what I meant!

Strawmanning Person: Ha! I pwned you!
by Netal Beattie November 17, 2011
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The strawman or straw man, seems to be the only logical fallacy that most midwits online have ever heard of (except for maybe ad hominem). It does matter how irrelevant it is to the conversation, if the midwit is losing the argument they'll accuse you of using a "strawman". Most of them don't really know the definition. Also known as an "Aunt Sally" in the UK, or a "straw person" if you're woke.
You don't agree with me, so that is a strawman argument.
by RayBidd March 29, 2022
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A purposeful attempt to distort the opponent's argument to make it easier to attack.
Person A: I think driving under the influence of alcohol is bad.

Person 2: Oh so we should ban alcohol?

Person 1: Well that's a strawman and a half......
by Rotten Turkey September 4, 2021
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to incorrectly and unfairly make an opponent's argument seem as if it hold no water or has no weight nor bearing, as if the argument were a man, it would be easy to pushover. From a logic error when breaking down arguments, the "strawman" response to an argument.
Bush claimed that by voting down weapons ordinances, Kerry was against national defense, but he had really just strawmanized Kerry's argument.
by charliemiller February 2, 2005
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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 18, 2004
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A logical fallacy where someone unintentionally or purposely twists something someone else says during an arguement. It is mostly used on purpose by oversensitive snowflakes who distort something someone is saying to fit their own narrative or they can begin an argument of their own.
Person reads that an individual passed away due to complications of covid-19 on the media.

Person 1. That person was over 80 and had underlying health conditions.

Person 2. So it's ok for old people are people in ill health to die of covid?

Person 1. Now that there is the classic strawman fallacy. I didn’t say that, I was just stating the possible reasons why he/she passed due to covid-19.
by Rotten Turkey December 12, 2020
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Creating a caricature for your opposition so you don't have to contest with the actual arguments. Willfully misrepresenting an argument so you don't have to be wrong.
He used words to prove I was wrong. So, I ignored what he said and created a strawman to beat up on in front of my friends. They will agree with whatever I say because of course they are going to believe me over them. And they saw me beat up that strawman so they don't see any reason to listen to what he has to say. They will never know the difference between what his actual argument was and the strawman I created to represent their argument.
by Hym Iam December 4, 2020
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