Definition of Stalking-horse

1. Noun. A candidate put forward to divide the Opposition or to mask the true candidate.

Generic synonyms: Campaigner, Candidate, Nominee



2. Noun. Something serving to conceal plans; a fictitious reason that is concocted in order to conceal the real reason.
Exact synonyms: Pretext
Generic synonyms: Dissembling, Feigning, Pretence, Pretense
Specialized synonyms: Putoff

3. Noun. Screen consisting of a figure of a horse behind which a hunter hides while stalking game.
Generic synonyms: Concealment, Cover, Covert, Screen

4. Noun. A horse behind which a hunter hides while stalking game.
Generic synonyms: Equus Caballus, Horse

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Stalking-horse

stalkable
stalked
stalked hydatid
stalked puffball
stalkee
stalkees
stalker
stalkerazzi
stalkerish
stalkerlike
stalkers
stalkier
stalkiest
stalkily
stalking
stalking-horse (current term)
stalking horse
stalking horses
stalkingly
stalkings
stalkless
stalklike
stalko
stalkoes
stalks
stalkumentaries
stalkumentary
stalky
stall
stall-fed

Literary usage of Stalking-horse

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1. A Dictionary of Archaic and Provincial Words, Obsolete Phrases, Proverbs by James Orchard Halliwell-Phillipps (1850)
"Л man can scarce get a shoot at him with a stalking-horse. ... There a no getting at some fowl without a stalking-horse, which must be some old jade trained ..."

2. A Glossary: Or, Collection of Words, Phrases, Names, and Allusions to by Robert Nares, James Orchard Halliwell-Phillipps, Thomas Wright (1872)
"As a stalking horse was used to decoy birds, that is sometimes also called a stale: ... To employ a stalking- horse, and to pursue the game by those means ..."

3. A Glossary: Or, Collection of Words, Phrases, Names, and Allusions to by Robert Nares, James Orchard Halliwell-Phillipps, Thomas Wright (1901)
"As a stalking horse was used to decoy birds, that is sometimes also called a stale: ... To employ a stalking- horse, and to pursue the game by those means; ..."

4. History of the Reformed Religion in France by Edward Smedley (1834)
"... of the commonalty, which has hitherto been most egregiously deceived, has begun to discover that religion is employed as a stalking horse for faction. ..."

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