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straw man

a weak proposition posited only to be demolished by a simple countering argument. So you can knock down your own straw man! Big deal. The question is how can you deal with real problems.
See also: man, straw
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Cloud sets up another straw man when writing about how the latter makes you hungry so that you, oh my gosh, will actually end up putting on weight if you exercise regularly as part of a weight loss program
Blaming the chanted waves of ethnic hostility on the straw man of campus political correctness trivializes both the genuinely felt rage and frustration of those doing the chanting and the possible damage to African-American society that this scapegoating could result in.
I have also learned that pigs prefer barley straw to wheat straw as it is so much softer so thank you to Hay and Straw Merchant, Dean Watkins, who is now listed in my mobile phone as the Straw Man (07966 914527) for finding me a couple of small manageable bales - at least my little mud monsters are happy and warm
The claim that there are scientific recommendations stating that exercise alone can do the trick is a straw man.
straw man Brian Lee with an animal made out of straws
The world's despots have a handy straw man at their disposal as long as Bush is president.
As I said in the piece, everybody loves a straw man to make them feel better, smarter, and righter--whether or not they actually buy her book.
While "drawing" was on ce called a verb by Richard Serra, Hoptman notes--using the artist's celebrated 1977 remark as a straw man in one essay accompanying the show--today it is better thought of as a noun.
The straw man can have anything happen to him because the rightwingers are interested in the straw man only as bait.
Presidential candidate Bill Bradley called for stricter gun control measures, including requiring gun owners to go through a certification course and register their weapons; banning gun dealers from residential neighborhoods; and making it a felony to serve as a straw man in buying guns for someone else.
The prodigious scholarship of Everyday Things would have impressed the reader, without any"Marxist" straw man being posited to highlight the argument.
Clark expressly denies that he is "setting up a straw man in contending that .
But nevertheless, much of their critique belabors a straw man.
Such a turn to "an emerging cultural philology" (8) clearly proves salutary for a historically grounded understanding of "race" in the early modern period, though the straw man attack on New Historicism's inattention to "extended close readings of its literary examples" (7) seems a belated and inflated means to establish the credibility of Shakespeare Jungle Fever's approach.
Even without the dangerous Straw Man in the lineup, the team has roared to a commanding 2-0 lead in the division series and could end the Rangers' season tonight.