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straw Idioms & Phrases


drinking straw

  • noun a thin paper or plastic tube used to suck liquids into the mouth
    straw.
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last straw

  • noun the final irritation that stretches your patience beyond the limit
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Man of straw

  • an effigy formed by stuffing the garments of a man with straw; hence, a fictitious person; an irresponsible person; a puppet. now usu. straw man, as in set up a straw man; used in disputation. Typically, one party accuses an opponent of setting up a straw man, meaning that the opponent is distorting his true opinion in order to make it look absurd.
  • a puppet; one who is controlled by others; also, one who is not responsible pecuniarily.
Webster 1913

Straw bail

  • worthless bail, as being given by irresponsible persons. Colloq. U.S.
Webster 1913

Straw bid

  • a worthless bid; a bid for a contract which the bidder is unable or unwilling to fulfill. Colloq. U.S.
Webster 1913

straw boss

  • noun a member of a work gang who supervises the other workers
    assistant foreman.
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Straw cat

  • (Zoöl.), the pampas cat.
Webster 1913

Straw color

  • the color of dry straw, being a delicate yellow.
Webster 1913

Straw drain

  • a drain filled with straw.
Webster 1913

straw foxglove

  • noun European yellow-flowered foxglove
    yellow foxglove; Digitalis lutea.
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straw hat

  • noun a stiff hat made of straw with a flat crown
    Panama hat; skimmer; Panama; sailor; boater; leghorn.
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straw man

  • noun a person used as a cover for some questionable activity
    figurehead; nominal head; front; strawman; front man.
  • noun a weak or sham argument set up to be easily refuted
    strawman.
  • noun an effigy in the shape of a man to frighten birds away from seeds
    scarer; bird-scarer; strawman; scarecrow.
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straw mushroom

  • noun small tropical and subtropical edible mushroom having a white cap and long stem; an expensive delicacy in China and other Asian countries where it is grown commercially
    Chinese mushroom; Volvariella volvacea.
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Straw plait, ∨ Straw plat

  • a strip formed by plaiting straws, used for making hats, bonnets, etc.
Webster 1913

straw poll

  • noun an unofficial vote taken to determine opinion on some issue
    straw poll.
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straw vote

  • noun an unofficial vote taken to determine opinion on some issue
    straw poll.
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straw wine

  • noun sweet wine from grapes partially sun-dried on the vine or on straw mats
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straw-colored

  • adjective satellite having the color of dry straw
    straw-colored.
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Straw"-col`ored adjective
Definitions
  1. Being of a straw color. See Straw color, under Straw, n.
Webster 1913

straw-coloured

  • adjective satellite having the color of dry straw
    straw-colored.
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straw-cutter

Straw"-cut`ter noun
Definitions
  1. An instrument to cut straw for fodder.
Webster 1913

To be in the straw

  • to be brought to bed, as a pregnant woman. Slang archaic? Similar is "a roll in the hay"
Webster 1913

"Rowling never met an adverb she didn't like."

-Stephen King on J.K Rowling's excessive use of adverbs.

Fear not the Adverb Hell!

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