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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR STRAW MAN

Button-Bright was wonderfully attracted by the straw man, and so was Polly.

A sledge, too, is drawn by a ram, with a straw man as driver.

The straw man soon found the egg, which he placed in his jacket pocket.

In the neighbourhood of Morlanwelz a straw man is burnt in the fire.

He failed to appear until after judgment had been given to the straw man.

Then the straw man conveyed it to the possessor or his nominee in fee simple.

The Wizard was also most heartily welcomed by the straw man, who was an important personage in the Land of Oz.

When Dorothy had patted the straw man into shape again he declared he felt as good as new and equal to further adventures.

Gibson put out thick brown arms and hauled him inside like a straw man, ignoring the native.

And what good is the straw man to you, or to himself, when the ditch keeps you from going any further?

WORD ORIGIN

1590s, "doll or scarecrow made of bound straw," from straw (n.) + man (n.). Figuratively, in debates, by 1896. Man of straw "imaginary opponent" is recorded from 1620s.

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