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man of straw


1    a person of little substance  
2      (Also called)    straw man     (Chiefly U.S.)   a person used as a cover for some dubious plan or enterprise; front man  
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straw          [1]  
a    stalks of threshed grain, esp. of wheat, rye, oats, or barley, used in plaiting hats, baskets, etc., or as fodder  
b    (as modifier)  
a straw hat     
2    a single dry or ripened stalk, esp. of a grass  
3    a long thin hollow paper or plastic tube or stem of a plant, used for sucking up liquids into the mouth  
4    usually used with a negative   anything of little value or importance  
I wouldn't give a straw for our chances     
5    a measure or remedy that one turns to in desperation (esp. in the phrases clutch or grasp at a straw or straws)  
a    a pale yellow colour  
b    (as adj)  
straw hair     
7    the last straw   a small incident, setback, etc. that, coming after others, proves intolerable  
8    straw in the wind   a hint or indication  
9      (Chiefly U.S.)   having little value or substance,   (See also)        man of straw  
     (Old English streaw; related to Old Norse stra, Old Frisian stre, Old High German stro; see strew)  
  strawlike      adj  
  strawy      adj  

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a man of good breeding, well-behaved, courteous, polite who behaves like a gentleman
Marriage between a man of royal or noble birth and a woman of lesser status, with the stipulation that wife and children have no claims to his titles or possessions or dignity. Still common at the beginning of the 20th C., the practice is now rare. Syn. Morganatic marriage, marriage of the left hand
[Hist.] So-called, because at the nuptial ceremony the husband gives his left hand to the bride, rather than his right, when saying, “I take thee for my wedded wife.”
someone who is providing advice and support for his mate when it comes to potential relationships/partners
to face a situation courageously
be a man
older woman having a relation with a younger man
a younger man involved in a relationship with an older woman
= the target of a "cougar"
handsome young man kept by a much older woman for the purpose of sexual favors and/or as a companion.
British slang
not to be able to act like a man, be a pussy
Someone (usually a young man) who tries unsuccessfully to be funny by making lame jokes and doing stupid things
US English, colloquial
attitude or practise whereby a man, either sitting at the table, on a sofa or in public transportation, adopts a spread position notably splaying his legs wide apart in such a way as to encroach on an adjacent seat and deny space to the person sitting or wanting to sit next to him
Ex: I become upset and irritated seeing all that manspreading in the subway and buses during rush hours and more generally by that growing lack of civil vertue everywhere.
a person, generally a man, dedicated to improving his skills in attracting and seducing the other sex
Other spelling : Pickup artist The use of "pick up" in this context comes from American slang and means becoming acquainted with, esp. with a view to having sexual relations
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