stalking horse

noun stalk·ing horse \ ˈstȯ-kiŋ- \
|Updated on: 12 Jun 2018

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

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in the meaning defined at sense 1

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STALKING HORSE Defined for English Language Learners

stalking horse

Definition of stalking horse for English Language Learners

  • : 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.


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