straw man

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Synonyms for straw man

a person used as a cover for some questionable activity

a weak or sham argument set up to be easily refuted

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an effigy in the shape of a man to frighten birds away from seeds

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The original certificate is sent to the Treasury and an account is set up in the name of the straw person with the value of the real person's future earnings and worth.
Naylor's overstatement of the ideological wooliness of laborism comes dangerously close to setting up as a straw person a model of class consciousness in which workers are assumed to be equipped with a rigorous class ideology and theoretical understanding of capitalism.
D'Amico and Layon commit the same logical error in the discussion of hospice care, individualizing a systemic analysis and thereby creating another straw person to attack.
Too much of The Lure of the Modern is taken up with assaults on politically incorrect and insufficiently nuanced straw persons.