Straw Man

(redirected from Straw-man argument)
Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Financial.
Related to Straw-man argument: reductio ad absurdum

Straw Man

An individual who acts as a front for others who actually incur the expense and obtain the profit of a transaction.

In the terminology employed by real estate dealers, a straw man is an individual who acts as a conduit for convenience in holding and transferring title to the property involved. For example, such a person might act as an agent for another in order to take title to real property and execute whatever documents and instruments the principal directs with respect to the transaction.

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).

Mentioned in ?
References in periodicals archive ?
Just in the past few weeks, every stop-gap straw-man argument of the peaceniks has been shot down in flames.
Contrary to Jack Schlicht's straw-man argument, we are really talking about a situation of six of one and half a dozen of another.
This is half a straw-man argument, as no one has - nor does he cite someone who supposedly has - referred to the Bush administration as Nazis.
One's religious views are irrelevant and a straw-man argument.