Synonyms/Hypernyms (Ordered by Estimated Frequency) of noun stalking-horse

4 senses of stalking-horse

Sense 1
stalking-horse -- (a candidate put forward to divide the Opposition or to mask the true candidate)
       => campaigner, candidate, nominee -- (a politician who is running for public office)

Sense 2
pretext, stalking-horse -- (something serving to conceal plans; a fictitious reason that is concocted in order to conceal the real reason)
       => pretense, pretence, feigning, dissembling -- (pretending with intention to deceive)

Sense 3
stalking-horse -- (screen consisting of a figure of a horse behind which a hunter hides while stalking game)
       => screen, cover, covert, concealment -- (a covering that serves to conceal or shelter something; "a screen of trees afforded privacy"; "under cover of darkness"; "the brush provided a covert for game"; "the simplest concealment is to match perfectly the color of the background")

Sense 4
stalking-horse -- (a horse behind which a hunter hides while stalking game)
       => horse, Equus caballus -- (solid-hoofed herbivorous quadruped domesticated since prehistoric times)

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