Meaning of jackstraw

jack•straw

Pronunciation: ( jak'strô"), [key]
— n.
  1. one of a group of strips of wood or similar objects, as straws or toothpicks, used in the game of jackstraws.
  2. a game in which players compete in picking up, one by one, as many jackstraws as possible without disturbing the heap.
    1. a straw-stuffed figure of a man; scarecrow; straw man.
    2. an insignificant person.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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