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Definition of stalking horse noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary


    stalking horse

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  1. 1a person or thing that is used to hide the real purpose of a particular course of action
  2. 2a candidate for a political position who has no chance of winning, but who competes in order to divide the opposition, to see if a stronger candidate might be more successful, etc.
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