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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).

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They are also reduced to attacking strawman arguments, by arguing that this is a battle between "reasonable gun control" and those crazies that don't want there to be any regulation of guns.
Menos de tres anos mas tarde, el Informe Strawman desemboca en el Body of Knowledge o Cuerpo de Conocimientos de Ciencia y Tecnologia de la Informacion Geografica [BOK06] que presenta ciertas diferencias con el Informe Strawman de 2003.
The first council resulted in formulating and confirming the initial guidance for the writing team and the development of the detailed strawman for the table of contents and the program directive.
With that, he has opened himself up to the criticism of creating a strawman argument.
The cast's portrayal of Dorothy, Tinman, Lion, Strawman, Wizard and all the characters is just fantastic, and there is lots of excitement as Dorothy and the witches fly across the stage.
Although the essay offers much fuel for moral and economic courage, Moe-Lobeda begins by depicting modern global economics as a strawman without ever really making the case that it is an evil that must be resisted.
In such settings, I heard all the slaves shout, 'I am Spartacus', watched Custer being slain many times, cringed when the bird clawed the eye from the Viking Kirk Douglas, and shrank into the flip-back seat while the Wicked Witch of the West cackled hideously, in terrible anger, on her broomstick over Dorothy, the lion, the tinman, the strawman and Toto.
It sets up something of a strawman in the "proliferation optimists," most prominently Kenneth Waltz, the analysts who minimize the risks that nuclear weapons will be set off when they are not supposed to, or will slip out of state control, and who argue that there will be fewer wars and more widespread deterrence when nuclear weapons spread.
Indeed, when I share them with my students, they have no trouble pointing out their flaws: decontextualized claims, lack of supporting evidence, ad hominem attacks, strawman arguments, thoughtless cliches, and overblown generalizations.
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The resulting definition of maneuver warfare does not set up a strawman argument tailor-made for historical examples of air power.