a stalking horse

a stalking horse

 
1. a politician who tests the strength of a party's support for its leader by competing for the job of leading the party although they do not really intend to be elected He was a stalking horse, intended to undermine what was regarded at the time as a weak leadership.
2. something that is used to hide someone's real purpose It's feared that the talks are just a stalking horse for a much wider deal between the two parties.
See also: horse, stalk
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A stalking horse bidder is common in buying assets out of bankruptcy.
And having discounted wannabe stalking horse Adam Afriyie, the unheard of MP for Windsor, as a stalking horse to challenge David Cameron, eyes turned to home Secretary Theresa May who has decided to run for leadership when the time comes.
He added: "There is no person in the Cabinet ready to do the damage, it needs a stalking horse.
Mr McDonnell, who chairs the Socialist Campaign Group of left-leaning MPs, said: "I would never stand as a stalking horse.
There's a strong feeling in Pasadena that the NFL's discussions here were always in the nature of a stalking horse for their discussions in the other communities where it seemed more logical for a NFL team to locate,'' said Pasadena mayor Bill Bogaard, who opposed the initiative, which lost by a nearly 3-to-1 count.
A stalking horse is the preferred bidder in a bankruptcy-court-supervised auction; the term is derived from fowlers who bid behind their horses when hunting birds, and it implies that other participants in the auction may not wish to be identified.
More often than not, it's a stalking horse for Manhattan," Steir said.
A stalking horse bid involves sale deals made before a bankruptcy auction, setting the minimum bid price that can be asked for a bankrupt company's assets.
Thus, whether your client should in fact come to the hearing unannounced or contract to become a stalking horse depends upon the nature of the asset being bought and the circumstances of the purchase.
Rebel members of the party are seeking a stalking horse candidate to stand against Mr Ashdown because they feel he is too close to Labour and Prime Minister Tony Blair.
They want to put up a stalking horse candidate because they think he's too close to Labour and PM Tony Blair.
Due to the high level of interest in the real estate," said Martino, "I have yet to make a decision regarding whether to engage a stalking horse purchaser for all or specific real estate assets.
The belief among investment bankers and professionals is that if you have a stalking horse, that will enhance the likelihood of a robust auction," Stewart said.
We expect that figure to significantly increase once we announce a stalking horse bidder for the majority of our snack cake business, including Twinkies.