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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And the authors have a tendency to set up straw-man arguments that are easily demolished.
The book is prompted by the question, "What ought we expect ordinary people to do for others who need their help?" (1) But, once claims of special relations are demoted to secondary status, real-life quandaries are recast almost as straw-man arguments. Moreover, what of dilemmas posed by competing claims among special relations, or among multiple strangers?
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.
Thomas "Krannawitter's "review" of my book, The Real Lincoln (Spring 2002), is filled with misstatements of my position, straw-man arguments, and fabrications (i.e., lies).
12 column ("If diversity is good, why try to erase disparities?") is a textbook case of abstract reasoning that sets up straw-man arguments, while failing to even mention the specific types of disparities that are relevant to today's social discourse.