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stalking horse

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stalking horsenoun
pluralstalking horses
stalking horse
noun
pluralstalking horses
Learner's definition of STALKING HORSE  
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: someone or something that is used to hide a true purpose
especially  : a candidate for a political office or position who has no real chance of winning but is being used by a political party to weaken the support for an opposing party, to find out if another candidate might be successful, etc.
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