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Meaning of STALKING-HORSE

Pronunciation:  `stoking`hors

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. [n]  a horse behind which a hunter hides while stalking game
  2. [n]  screen consisting of a figure of a horse behind which a hunter hides while stalking game
  3. [n]  something serving to conceal plans; a fictitious reason that is concocted in order to conceal the real reason
  4. [n]  a candidate put forward to divide the opposition or to mask the true candidate
 

STALKING-HORSE is a 14 letter word that starts with S.

 

 Synonyms: pretext
 
 See Also: campaigner, candidate, concealment, cover, covert, dissembling, Equus caballus, feigning, horse, nominee, pretence, pretense, putoff, screen

 

 

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
\Stalk"ing-horse\, n.
1. A horse, or a figure resembling a horse, behind which a
   hunter conceals himself from the game he is aiming to
   kill.

2. Fig.: Something used to cover up a secret project; a mask;
   a pretense.

         Hypocrisy is the devil's stalking-horse under an
         affectation of simplicity and religion.
                                               --L'Estrange.

         How much more abominable is it to make of him
         [Christ] and religion a stalking-horse, to get and
         enjoy the world!                      --Bunyan.

 

 

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