man of straw


1615–25 Unabridged
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man of straw
1.  a person of little substance
2.  chiefly (US) Also called: straw man a person used as a cover for some dubious plan or enterprise; front man
3.  a man who cannot be relied upon to honour his financial commitments, esp because of his limited resources

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