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In business, something (an idea, or plan, usually) set up to be knocked down. It's the dangerous philosophy of presenting one mediocre idea, so that the listener will make the choice of the better idea which follows.
It backfires with some frequency, as the listener (out of sheer perversity) will insist on the straw dog.
by Arunabh Das April 22, 2004
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Solarpunk is a movement focused on a positive, ecological vision for a future where technology is used for human-centric and ecocentric purposes. It is a literary, artistic and aesthetic sub-genre and is also closely tied to eco-political activism. Solarpunk narratives have a distinctly positive and utopian foundation in contrast to the often dystopian visions found within other "punk" science fiction genres.
Solarpunk is a literary movement, a hashtag, a flag, and a statement of intent about the future we hope to create.
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Something that is made only to be destroyed.
The doll, like a straw dog, was made for the sole purpose of being destroyed.
by Vulc4n January 02, 2006
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a straw dog is a scapegoat group, place, person or idea in which we dump our evilness, so we can blame it and then by attacking, dissing or destorying it, we externalize it outside of us so we feel free of sin.
America often uses an 'out group' as a straw dog, such as Communists, terrorists, labor unions, gays, in order to deflect attention from the bad things we're doing, such as exploiting the environment or third world labor.
by John Darling March 19, 2006
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Those who socially peaked in high school.
Chet, the captain of the football team in High school, is now an overweight drunk who sells shoes. He is a straw dog.
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Used when someone is refering to raping and pillaging someone or multiple people.
"dude, you ready to straw dog that girl?" "yeah, let's straw dog 'er"
by strawdog16 November 01, 2011
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(n.) Person who is faithful to the process of snorting cocaine. Someone who uses the inhalation of cocaine as the sole purpose of getting high.
With the packet in my pocket, the good stuff, I could only think of her, sitting at home anxiously awaiting my arival like a real straw dog.
by William Bouchie August 30, 2011
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