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stalking horse

noun stalk·ing horse \ˈstȯ-kiŋ-\

Simple Definition of stalking horse

  • : someone or something that is used to hide a true purpose; especially : a candidate for a political office or position who has no real chance of winning but is being used by a political party to weaken the support for an opposing party, to find out if another candidate might be successful, etc.

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of stalking horse

  1. 1 :  a horse or a figure like a horse behind which a hunter stalks game

  2. 2 :  something used to mask a purpose

  3. 3 :  a candidate put forward to divide the opposition or to conceal someone's real candidacy


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to depart quickly

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