etymologists - what does straw have to do with it?
January 4, 2013 8:42 PM Subscribe
"Straw man" or "Straw purchase"- What's the origin of this term? It currently refers to firearms purchase by someone legally able to buy, who deliberately diverts guns to people who are unable to legally purchase guns (typically for a fee). It can also describe alcohol sales to adults who deliberately pass the booze or beer on to minors.
What does "straw" have to do with it?
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