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Stalking-horse   /stˈɔkɪŋ-hɔrs/   Listen

A candidate put forward to divide the Opposition or to mask the true candidate.
Something serving to conceal plans; a fictitious reason that is concocted in order to conceal the real reason.  Synonym: pretext.
Screen consisting of a figure of a horse behind which a hunter hides while stalking game.
A horse behind which a hunter hides while stalking game.

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"Stalking-horse" Quotes from Famous Books

... uses his folly like a stalking-horse, and under the presentation of that he shoots ...
— As You Like It • William Shakespeare [Collins edition]

... Place. The same mob that delighted in hallooing round whatever house the Queen honored with her presence, would have varied their 'hurrahs' for the lady with groans for the lawyer who, after making her wrongs the stalking-horse of his ambition, had become one of her chief oppressors. Eldon determined to leave Hamilton Place on the day which should see the Queen enter it; and hearing that the Lords of the Treasury were about to assist her with money for the purchase of the house, he wrote to Lord Liverpool, protesting ...
— A Book About Lawyers • John Cordy Jeaffreson

Words linked to "Stalking-horse" :   screen, feigning, cover, covert, pretence, concealment, putoff, horse, campaigner, dissembling, nominee, Equus caballus, candidate, pretense

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