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stalking-horse

noun

1 stalking-horse

A candidate put forward to divide the Opposition or to mask the true candidate.

Roget 64: precursor, antecedent, precedent, predecessor; forerunner, vancourier, avant-coureur [Fr.], pioneer, prodrome, prodromos, prodromus, outrider; leader, bellwether; ... show more



2 stalking-horse

Something serving to conceal plans; a fictitious reason that is concocted in order to conceal the real reason.

synonym: pretext.

Roget 617: pretext, pretense, pretension, plea; allegation, advocation; ostensible motive, ostensible ground, ostensible reason, phony reason; excuse etc. (vindication) 937; ... show more

Dutch: dekmantel, smoes, voorwendsel
Polish: pretekst

3 stalking-horse

Screen consisting of a figure of a horse behind which a hunter hides while stalking game.

4 stalking-horse

A horse behind which a hunter hides while stalking game.


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