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A.Word.A.Daywith Anu Garg
1. Something used to mask the true purpose.
2. A candidate put forward in an election to draw votes from another or to conceal another's potential candidacy.
ETYMOLOGY:After the former practice of bird hunters of hiding behind a horse (or a decoy) until he had reached within close range of prey.
USAGE:"The escalation of war in Afghanistan may be only a stalking horse for an even larger war in Pakistan as the United States seeks to secure the nukes there."
Michael Lerner; Say No to War in Afghanistan and Pakistan; San Francisco Chronicle; Oct 8, 2009.
"Pollsters say Mr. Daggett is hurting Mr. Christie more, by siphoning off anti-incumbent voters. And some talk-radio hosts are asking if he is not a stalking horse for Mr. Corzine."
David M. Halbfinger; Independent Candidate Stirs Up the Governor's Race in New Jersey; The New York Times; Oct 11, 2009.
See more usage examples of stalking horse in Vocabulary.com's dictionary.
A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:If it weren't for the fact that the TV set and the refrigerator are so far apart, some of us wouldn't get any exercise at all. -Joey Adams, comedian (1911-1999)