- straw man
- To argue against a straw man is to interpret someone's position in an unfairly weak way, and so argue against a position that nobody holds, or is likely to hold.
Philosophy dictionary. Academic. 2011.
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straw man — /ˈstrɔ mæn/ (say straw man) noun 1. a figure of a man stuffed with straw, as for a scarecrow, target, etc. 2. an argument deliberately put up so that it can be knocked down, usually as a distraction from other arguments which cannot be so easily… … Australian English dictionary
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