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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :
Stalking-horse \Stalk"ing-horse`\ (st[add]k"[i^]ng-h[^o]rs`), n.
1. A horse, or a figure resembling a horse, behind which a
hunter conceals himself from the game he is aiming to
2. Fig.: Something used to cover up a secret project; a mask;
Hypocrisy is the devil's stalking-horse under an
affectation of simplicity and religion.
How much more abominable is it to make of him
[Christ] and religion a stalking-horse, to get and
enjoy the world! --Bunyan.
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :
n 1: a candidate put forward to divide the Opposition or to mask
the true candidate
2: something serving to conceal plans; a fictitious reason that
is concocted in order to conceal the real reason [syn:
3: screen consisting of a figure of a horse behind which a
hunter hides while stalking game
4: a horse behind which a hunter hides while stalking game
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