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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In both cases, I found myself confronting an interesting situation: the necessity of the gun control crowd to fight against strawman arguments.
They are also reduced to attacking strawman arguments, by arguing that this is a battle between "reasonable gun control" and those crazies that don't want there to be any regulation of guns.
Calvin Brown's May article is a strawman argument that paints horns on progressive Christians.
I believe you are reading way too much into my reply, and protesting too much, particularly in your last sentence, which is a strawman argument doing double duty as an ad hominem attack.
Wyser-Pratte said that &uot;we believe that NW's board has done nothing but frustrate the takeover bids of Royal Bank of Scotland (&uot;RBS&uot;) and Bank of Scotland (&uot;BOS&uot;) by using strawman arguments.