straw man

(redirected from Straw-man)
Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Legal.
Related to Straw-man: Straw dog argument

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.

Mentioned in ?
References in periodicals archive ?
Straw-man purchases occur when a legal gun buyer purchases a firearm with the intent of passing it illegally to someone who is prohibited from buying or owning a gun; the penalty for acting as a straw man is up to 10 years in prison.
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.
He is particularly harsh in his treatment of encryption advocates such as the "cypherpunks," stooping frequently to name calling and straw-man attacks.
Then he pulls us through the manic narrative of a year-and-a-half-long, shoestring national campaign, thick with asides about this or that local polluting power plant and morality tales about sellout, straw-man Democrats.
I would rather if they shoot down my alternative, (that they) shoot it down on the merits of the alternative itself and not on a straw-man proposal,'' Parks said.
Instead of locating the Playa Vista project on the Slauson Corridor, where the residents sorely need the intern programs, living wage jobs and influx of cash the council could insist on, they instead want to hand Playa Capital (the straw-man for Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley Dean Witter) funding authorization for $426 million in tax-free bonds.