a stalking horse

stalking horse

1. A political candidate who attempts to supplant the current party leader, solely to gauge how much support the incumbent has. He doesn't actually want to be elected—he's just a stalking horse who's trying to see how fractured our party really is.
2. Something that conceals a person's true intentions. I'm afraid that this deal is just a stalking horse for a more nefarious long-term plan.
See also: horse, stalk

a stalking horse

1. If you describe an event or an action as a stalking horse, you mean that it is being used to help someone get what they really want at a later date. The development will act as a stalking horse for further exploitation of the surrounding countryside. Limits on union contributions will be a stalking horse to break the relationship between the party and the unions. Note: This expression is usually used to show disapproval.
2. In politics, a stalking horse is someone who stands against the leader of a party to test the strength of any opposition to the leader. They then withdraw in favour of a stronger challenger, if it looks likely that the leader can be defeated. There was even talk of one of them standing for the leadership as a stalking horse for the real contender. Note: You can also use stalking horse before a noun. The notion of a stalking horse challenge at the autumn party conference seemed highly unlikely. Note: Stalking horses were horses that were used by hunters. They were trained to allow their rider to hide behind them, and so get closer to the birds they were hunting.
See also: horse, stalk
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A stalking horse had a double benefit if the prey was an armed person.
31 March 2017 - Bankrupt outdoor retail network Gander Mountain Co has filed a stalking horse bid by a joint venture comprised of Gordon Brothers and Hilco Merchant Resources to purchase substantially all of its assets, the company said.
Barry Sheerman MP for Huddersfield and hard right enemy of Jeremy has stated in the Examiner that he is willing to stand as a stalking horse.
NYSE: RICE), an independent natural gas and oil company, has signed a stalking horse asset purchase agreement with a subsidiary of Alpha Natural Resources Inc.
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.
Blockbuster, which entered bankruptcy in September, agreed in February to be sold to creditors in a stalking horse bid with the initial offer set at USD290m (EUR206m).
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.
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.