strawman

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n strawman an effigy in the shape of a man to frighten birds away from seeds
    • n strawman a weak or sham argument set up to be easily refuted
    • n strawman a person used as a cover for some questionable activity
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Usage

In literature:

We'll drag out Mr. Strawman, and lynch him to the big gate before they get along.
"Chip, of the Flying U" by B. M. Bower
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In news:

Launched Angry Orchard Iceman and Strawman as part of a new line of artisanal specialty ciders called the Cider House Collection.
Angry Orchard Iceman and Strawman hard ciders.
Paul Ryan's socialist strawman .
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In science:

Figure 16: Design iterations. Choose a strawman design, answer key questions about performance, then either improve model fidelity or change the coronograph design.
Coronographic Methods for the Detection of Terrestrial Planets
For the purpose of this study, we use a ’strawman’ real time unbinned trigger algorithm: the sky is scanned with a sliding 20 event window, looking for clusters of events in a 35 degree circle; then a joint spatial-temporal likelihood is formed.
Triggers and alerts with GLAST
Roser described progress on a strawman detector for a muon collider and the interplay between the machine designers and detector designers.
Top quark physics at muon and other future colliders
At this workshop, a clear “strawman” model for explaining the variety of blazar spectra we see (see the contributions of Ghisellini, Fossati, Kubo, Takahashi, and Takahara).
Workshop Summary for Cracow 1997: Relativistic Jets in AGNs
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