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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

(one's) eyes are out on stalks

1. One is looking at someone in a way that indicates sexual interest. Of course he likes you—his eyes are out on stalks every time he sees you!
2. One is looking at something with wonder or awe. My brother loves superhero movies, so his eyes will definitely be out on stalks when he sees the trailer for this one.
See also: eye, on, out, stalk

stalk in(to some place)

to stride into a place, perhaps indignantly. Carl stalked into the manager's office and began his tirade. He stalked in and began to complain.
See also: stalk

stalk out of

some place to stride out of a place indignantly. Jeff stalked out of the store and went straight to the police. Mary got angry and stalked out of the meeting.
See also: of, out, 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

eyes out on stalks

full of eager curiosity or amazement. informal
1999 Escape This breathtaking graphics accelerator takes 3D game play on PCI systems to a whole new dimension of excitement with imagery so realistic your eyes will be out on stalks.
See also: eye, on, out, stalk
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The classified stalk samples were preserved in plastic bags until test times.
The stalk in jar B has more color in its veins than the stalk in jar A.
A run of hot weather can result in stalks that taste bitter, or are hollow and tough.
The motivation to stalk is usually dynamic and multi-determined making stalking behavior difficult to categorize.
Stalk height character had only significant positive association with sugar yield with r value of 0.
To encourage stalk celery to develop a pale, mild-flavored heart, use an elastic hair scrunchie or strips of soft cloth to secure the stalks into a bunch after the plants have been growing in the garden for eight to 10 weeks.
Although, the present study, along with Morgan (2009), provides some information about the motivations and characteristics of students who stalk faculty members, the present study does not allow for a more thorough understanding of faculty behaviors that may be associated with student stalking of faculty.
The Tiwest Night Stalk is an annual nationwide spotlight survey, an important community-based program that is very much education oriented.
Many of the nodes of the main stalk of these plants produce very long primary lateral branches, which produce secondary lateral branches terminating in multiple female inflorescences.
Millable stalk number per plant, stalk length, and mid-stalk diameter were recorded during 1-14 Aug 1995 from the progeny planted in 1994, and during 13-20 Aug 1996 from the progeny planted in 1995.
We planted small grain around the hemp so that we could get into the field with the reaper without knocking down any (hemp) stalks.
Others may benefit more from therapeutic approaches similar to those used in domestic violence that challenge basic beliefs held by stalkers, including the belief that they have the right to stalk their victims.
Therefore, this study investigates the effect of recycling on jute and cotton stalk pulps, which are potential raw materials in Bangladesh.
A Google search of "bunny-boiler" turned up 1,370 hits as of March 2, 2003, including sites where disgruntled girlfriends could request a Glenn Close-type to stalk their boyfriends via cell phone (http://www.
The key point in the stalk is to keep the feet moving.