straw man

Definition of "straw man"
  1. A person who is falsely presented as the owner of a property or business to hide the real owner, often used in illegal contexts, or a flawed argument intended to distract or mislead
How to use "straw man" in a sentence
  1. The nightclub was actually owned by a gangster, but the liquor license was under a straw man's name.
  2. The politician used a straw man argument to divert attention from the real issue.
  3. The mob used a straw man to cover their illegal gambling operations.

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