stalking-horse

Definitions of stalking-horse
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n something serving to conceal plans; a fictitious reason that is concocted in order to conceal the real reason

Synonyms:
pretext
Types:
putoff
a pretext for delay or inaction
Type of:
dissembling, feigning, pretence, pretense
pretending with intention to deceive

n a candidate put forward to divide the Opposition or to mask the true candidate

Type of:
campaigner, candidate, nominee
a politician who is running for public office

n a horse behind which a hunter hides while stalking game

Type of:
Equus caballus, horse
solid-hoofed herbivorous quadruped domesticated since prehistoric times

n screen consisting of a figure of a horse behind which a hunter hides while stalking game

Type of:
concealment, cover, covert, screen
a covering that serves to conceal or shelter something

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