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stalking horse

[ staw-king hawrs ]
/ ˈstɔ kɪŋ ˌhɔrs /
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noun

a horse, or a figure of a horse, behind which a hunter hides in stalking game.
anything put forward to mask plans or efforts; pretext.
a political candidate used to conceal the candidacy of a more important figure or to draw votes from and cause the defeat of a rival.

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Origin of stalking horse

First recorded in 1510–20

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stalking-horse

noun

a horse or an imitation one used by a hunter to hide behind while stalking his quarry
something serving as a means of concealing plans; pretext
a candidate put forward by one group to divide the opposition or mask the candidacy of another person for whom the stalking-horse would then withdraw
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