The Dictionary of the Climate Debate (DCD)

straw man argument
Definition: An argument that sets-up and attacks a misrepresented and weakened version of an opponent's position.

Thus to attack a straw man is to create the illusion of having refuted a proposition by substituting a superficially similar proposition (i.e., the "straw man") and then refuting it — without ever having actually refuted the original position.

Mortgage broker Lisa Blackstone explains how mortgage brokers use the term

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