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1. Something used to cover one's true purpose; a decoy.
2. A sham candidate put forward to conceal the candidacy of another or to divide the opposition.
a. A horse trained to conceal the hunter while stalking.
b. A canvas screen made in the figure of a horse, used for similar concealment.
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1. (Hunting) a horse or an imitation one used by a hunter to hide behind while stalking his quarry
2. something serving as a means of concealing plans; pretext
3. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) a candidate put forward by one group to divide the opposition or mask the candidacy of another person for whom the stalking-horse would then withdraw
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1. a horse, or a figure of a horse, behind which a hunter hides in stalking game.
2. anything used to mask one's true plans; pretext.
3. a political candidate put forth to conceal the candidacy of another person or to draw votes from a rival.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.stalking-horse - a candidate put forward to divide the Opposition or to mask the true candidate
campaigner, candidate, nominee - a politician who is running for public office
2.stalking-horse - something serving to conceal plans; a fictitious reason that is concocted in order to conceal the real reason
dissembling, feigning, pretense, pretence - pretending with intention to deceive
putoff - a pretext for delay or inaction
3.stalking-horse - screen consisting of a figure of a horse behind which a hunter hides while stalking game
cover, covert, concealment, screen - a covering that serves to conceal or shelter something; "a screen of trees afforded privacy"; "under cover of darkness"; "the brush provided a covert for game"; "the simplest concealment is to match perfectly the color of the background"
4.stalking-horse - a horse behind which a hunter hides while stalking game
Equus caballus, horse - solid-hoofed herbivorous quadruped domesticated since prehistoric times
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n (fig: = person) → Strohmann m/-frau f; (= pretext)Vorwand m
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