man of straw

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man of straw ‎(plural men of straw)

  1. A weak person.
    When push came to shove he gave in almost immediately, showing that he was a man of straw after all.
  2. One who is financially irresponsible.
  3. A tactic used in debates and arguments where a weaker thesis is substituted for the opponent's real proposition, this thesis then being refuted, thereby creating the illusion of winning the argument against the original proposition.