Origin: jack + strawObsolete straw man (sense )
Origin: jack- + strawa narrow strip of wood, plastic, etc. used in a game () played by tossing a number of such strips into a jumbled heap and trying to remove them one at a time without moving any of the others
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- jackstraws (used with a sing. verb) A game played with a pile of straws or thin sticks, with the players attempting in turn to remove a single stick without disturbing the others.
- One of the straws or sticks used in this game.