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straw man

One who purchases real property in his or her own name and then holds it for sale to the person who supplied the money for the sale,the intended ultimate purchaser.The technique is often used when a well-known developer,or even a large local property owner such as a hospital or university,wishes to conceal its identity so sellers do not raise their prices.

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WREXHAM MP Ian Lucas appears to be grasping at straws (Daily Post, February 22) in his claim that students are not being deterred from university by top-up fees.
If you think that sounds like a man grasping at straws, then you'd be absolutely right.
It seems you are grasping at straws to make a story.
The former Scotland chief pointed to bad luck in front of goal and his list of injured players, though he looked to be grasping at straws when he added: "Who knows, we could win our last seven games.
By all indications, Casden is grasping at straws to get back at Cooley.
From the letters: "I really think Efron is grasping at straws.
Today's unions' attempts at relevancy are, at best, grasping at straws.
Perhaps there is a window of opportunity in that, with so many players overlapping with the senior panel, their focus on this game may not quite be where it should be but that smacks of grasping at straws.
Anyone who thinks there's anything sinister about this is grasping at straws and we should be backing every Scottish club in Europe.
I know I'm grasping at straws with my next question but, come on Mr Dunn, what on earth did the great lady do for this region?
Sir - Presumably having given up trying to persuade the electorate that Labour's policies and its record in Government are sufficient to vote for them, Rhodri Morgan is grasping at straws to try to frighten people into letting them cling on to power.