Crossword Genius

Nonentity; scarecrow (5,3)


I believe the answer is:

straw man

(Other definitions for straw man that I've seen before include "Ineffective figurehead" , "Figure without substance" , "invented, for sake of argument" , "Person of no substance" , "Argument put forward to stimulate discussion" .)

I've seen this clue in The Times.
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