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- 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.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- 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.
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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?”