- n. A weak person.
- n. 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.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. a puppet; one who is controlled by others; also, one who is not responsible pecuniarily.
- n. an effigy formed by stuffing the garments of a man with straw; hence, a fictitious person; an irresponsible person; a puppet.
“Probably he’s only a man of straw and the real owner’s a man called Martineau … Wonder if they’ll succeed in towing her off the sand-bank?””
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