Definitions for "Straw man argument"
A method of arguing that should be avoided - it involves redefining the issue to be rebutted so it can easily be demolished. (Meaning the original issue has not been refuted.)
a debating technique where one sets up a contrast that can only lead to one reasonable outcome, not because the "losing" argument is necessarily flawed but because it was represented in a way as to seem ludicrous by comparison
an argument deliberately set up so as to be easily refuted or defeated
a rhetorical technique based on misrepresentation