Definition of stalking horse noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary


    stalking horse

    BrE BrE//ˈstɔːkɪŋ hɔːs//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈstɔːkɪŋ hɔːrs//
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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 politician who competes against the leader of their party in order to see how much support the leader has; a stronger candidate can then compete against the leader more seriously
  3. Word Originearly 16th cent.: from the former practice of using a horse trained to allow a fowler (hunter of wildfowl) to hide behind it, or under its coverings, until within easy range of prey.
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