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straw man

From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishstraw manstraw manAmerican EnglishBEAT/DEFEAT a weak opponent or imaginary argument that can easily be defeated straw
Examples from the Corpus
straw manAnd, like Sir Geoffrey and Mr Heseltine, he routinely sets up federalism as a straw man to knock down.Whether Lorenz's critics were firing a straw man is unimportant.The creationist position in the Origin is never merely a straw man to be knocked down.The half-hour show uses these to the fullest, setting up straw man after straw man for Daria to demolish.
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