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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Though Renaissance Ciceronians did have to refute the charge that their language distorted contemporary reality, in the absence of names and texts one gets the feeling that Mouchel's Competents are at least in part strawmen.
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