straw man

(redirected from Straw argument)
Also found in: Dictionary, Legal, Financial.
Related to Straw argument: Straw dog argument
Graphic Thesaurus  🔍
Display ON
Animation ON
Legend
Synonym
Antonym
Related
  • noun

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

Synonyms

Related Words

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

References in periodicals archive ?
Kramer's straw argument is as disingenuous as the rest of the press agentry behind supply-side aesthetics.
Correction: Death penalty opponents love to assume that the principal purpose for capital punishment is deterrence, possibly realizing it is a perfect straw argument.
In the manufactured dialogue, "First Citizen" did little more than ask questions -- giving "Second Citizen" an opportunity to expound on the Tory position -- and offer straw arguments for "Second Citizen" to demolish.