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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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Dejagoo is the strange feeling that you've been in this sticky situation before. It is dejavu due to goo. Usual symptoms are shivers down once's spine followed by disgust, especially if actual goo is involved.
Dude I like just like stepped in doggy doodoo. And i was like, oh dude this feels familiar. Then I remembered that I like stepped in pup poo like last weekend too. Surreal man, it was like total dejagoo.
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It is one of the oldest tricks in the book to make a purposeful misrepresentation of another person's position and then arguing against the fictitious position, knocking it down. It is the straw man rhetorical fallacy.

Man 1 sets up a weak position and attributes it to Man 2, then attacks the weak position; like setting up and fighting a straw man, easily knocking it down. Then the opponent, Man 2 is drawn into defending himself against the misrepresentations, and Man 1 doesn't have to talk about his opponents actual position.
Mary began lecturing John about the benefits of immigration for our country after John spoke in favor of building a wall along the border. But Mary was fighting a straw man because John is actually in favor of legal immigration; he just wants it done in an orderly manner so the drug cartels cannot easily cross the border undetected.
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1. Scarecrow which is flimsy and fragile. Therefore, straw man document or straw man proposal means it is a β€œflimsy” 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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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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"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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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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