In other words, the go-to tool for someone, possibly driven by a dangerous ego, to create a fantasy outcome where they win.
A straw is a caricature of a person, a character the author has set up in order to ridicule a particular viewpoint. Why bother addressing the real issues of, for example, gun control, when you can instead portray all firearms advocates as bearded, racist, hillbilly lunatics ranting about black helicopters and wanting to own their own nuclear warheads?
Europe has been a place of battles and political intrigue for centuries.
But there he is, smudged with soot from the forge, a distant bedrock of compassion through all Pip's vicissitudes, not to mention an oasis of stoic forbearance when it comes to the volcanic temper of Mrs Joe.
Few scenes in literature are more touchingly awkward than Joe's visit to the newly-respectable Pip in his London lodgings, clutching his hat "like a bird's nest with eggs in it", and proceeding to prop it precariously on the mantlepiece, while approximating a strangled-sounding imitation of high-flown speech.
Six months into their relationship, she discovered that he was seeing half a dozen other women, one of whom he’d been stringing along for two years.
All of them had received the couch-spooning treatment.
, a debater constructs a weakened or just plain unrecognizable form of an opponent's argument, and in defeating it, acts like he has defeated the real argument.
This is likened to attacking a dummy made out of straw that can't fight back.
Finally, characters literally made of straw are Scary Scarecrows.
a young woman in San Francisco, met a man—call him John—on the dating site OKCupid. More notably, he indulged in the kind of profligate displays of affection which signal a definite eagerness to commit.
Every aspect of them is geared towards advancing the views of the author.