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English noun: strawman

1. strawman (person) a person used as a cover for some questionable activity

Synonymsfigurehead, front, front man, nominal head, straw man

Broader (hypernym)beguiler, cheat, cheater, deceiver, slicker, trickster

2. strawman (communication) a weak or sham argument set up to be easily refuted

Synonymsstraw man

Broader (hypernym)specious argument

3. strawman (artifact) an effigy in the shape of a man to frighten birds away from seeds

Synonymsbird-scarer, scarecrow, scarer, straw man

Broader (hypernym)effigy, image, simulacrum

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