straw man

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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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Too often policymakers resort to straw-man arguments to justify inaction, most egregiously positing "boots on the ground" as the alternative to the United States' current ineffective policy on Syria.
And the authors have a tendency to set up straw-man arguments that are easily demolished.
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It would take a book the size of War and Peace to adequately address Goldhagen's endless number of straw-man arguments, distortions, embarrassing errors of fact, omissions, and falsehoods.