stalking horse

stalk·​ing horse | \ ˈstȯ-kiŋ- How to pronounce stalking horse (audio) \

Definition of stalking horse

1 : a horse or a figure like a horse behind which a hunter stalks game
2 : something used to mask a purpose
3 : a candidate put forward to divide the opposition or to conceal someone's real candidacy

Examples of stalking horse in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Co-belligerency, however, is a stalking horse for other fears. John Yoo, National Review, 19 Mar. 2022 Trump is the best understood as a sort of stalking horse for the discontent among his closest allies in Congress -- and those, like Jones, who want to come to Congress. Chris Cillizza, CNN, 10 Feb. 2022 Know who has to be loving the Trump as stalking horse stuff? Chris Cillizza, CNN, 8 Dec. 2021 The company has a stalking horse bid and bankruptcy financing agreement from 888 Capital (which is controlled by the financial firm Regal Investments with a minority interest held by Pauline). Walter Loeb, Forbes, 13 Sep. 2021 The stalking horse bid from 888 Capital includes a credit bid worth about $15 million as well as $300,000 in cash for assumed liabilities. Walter Loeb, Forbes, 13 Sep. 2021 The always-aggressive San Diego Padres have emerged as the stalking horse in the Joey Gallo sweepstakes, being willing to discuss one of the top 50 prospects in minor league baseball. Evan Grant, Dallas News, 28 July 2021 Ho had worked with the United States against Japan in World War II, but, in the Cold War, Washington recast him as the stalking horse for Soviet expansionism. New York Times, 9 June 2021 Yet the vibes Kaval engendered and the brand that was built over thousands of interactions was largely flushed with just four characters tweeted from the A’s personal stalking horse. Gabe Lacques, USA TODAY, 25 May 2021 See More

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First Known Use of stalking horse

1519, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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26 Mar 2022

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“Stalking horse.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 May. 2022.

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