stalking-horse

Definitions of stalking-horse
  1. noun
    something serving to conceal plans; a fictitious reason that is concocted in order to conceal the real reason
    synonyms: pretext
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    types:
    putoff
    a pretext for delay or inaction
    type of:
    dissembling, feigning, pretence, pretense
    pretending with intention to deceive
  2. noun
    a candidate put forward to divide the Opposition or to mask the true candidate
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    type of:
    campaigner, candidate, nominee
    a politician who is running for public office
  3. noun
    a horse behind which a hunter hides while stalking game
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    type of:
    Equus caballus, horse
    solid-hoofed herbivorous quadruped domesticated since prehistoric times
  4. noun
    screen consisting of a figure of a horse behind which a hunter hides while stalking game
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    type of:
    concealment, cover, covert, screen
    a covering that serves to conceal or shelter something
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