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Maori for SOVEREIGNTY.
Collins Dictionary of Law © W.J. Stewart, 2006

MAN. A human being. This definition includes not only the adult male sex of the human species, but women and children; examples: "of offences against man, some are more immediately against the king, other's more immediately against the subject." Hawk. P. C. book 1, c. 2, s. 1. Offences against the life of man come under the general name of homicide, which in our law signifies the killing of a man by a man." Id. book 1, c. 8, s. 2.
     2. In a more confined sense, man means a person of the male sex; and sometimes it signifies a male of the human species above the age of puberty. Vide Rape. It was considered in the civil or Roman law, that although man and person are synonymous in grammar, they had a different acceptation in law; all persons were men, but all men, for example, slaves, were not persons, but things. Vide Barr. on the Stat. 216, note.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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According to the Senior Cadre, the NDC leadership has openly disgraced the party and membership by giving credence to their description by the late Lawyer Obeng Manu as 'Men of Straw, having now become men of substance.'
The land plots distributed within this scheme were documented under the names of men of straw, who were affiliated with Ibraimov, the statement said.
He was deeply saddened by the spectacle of men of straw elevated to positions far beyond their moral stature and wreaking havoc while bringing grief and bitter disappointment to the people of Pakistan.