Define: Straw Man

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Definition: Straw Man



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Full Definition of Straw Man


n.

1) a person to whom title to property or a business interest is transferred for the sole purpose of concealing the true owner and/or the business machinations of the parties. Thus, the straw man has no real interest or participation but is merely a passive stand-in for a real participant who secretly controls activities. Sometimes a straw man is involved when the actual owner is not permitted to act, such as a person with a criminal record holding a liquor license.

2) an argument which is intended to distract the other side from the real issues or waste the opponent’s time and effort; sometimes called a “red herring” (for the belief that drawing a fish across a trail will mislead hunting dogs).


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Definition Sources


Definitions for Straw Man are sourced/syndicated and enhanced from:

  • A Dictionary of Economics (Oxford Quick Reference)
  • Oxford Dictionary Of Accounting
  • Oxford Dictionary Of Business & Management

This glossary post was last updated: 18th March, 2020