stalkinghorse

stalking-horse

[staw-king-hawrs]
noun
1.
a horse, or a figure of a horse, behind which a hunter hides in stalking game.
2.
anything put forward to mask plans or efforts; pretext.
3.
a political candidate used to conceal the candidacy of a more important figure or to draw votes from and cause the defeat of a rival.

Origin:
1510–20

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stalking-horse
 
n
1.  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.  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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