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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

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.
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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

somebody's eyes are out on stalks

  (informal) also somebody's eyes are popping out of their head (informal)
if someone's eyes are out on stalks, they are looking at someone or something in a way that shows that they think that person or thing is extremely surprising or attractive
Usage notes: In funny drawings, people and animals are often drawn with their eyes coming out of their head to show that they are very surprised.
You should have seen Pete when Bec turned up in her short skirt. His eyes were out on stalks.
See also: eye, on, out, stalk

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
References in classic literature ?
For in a heap higher than the King's palace lay all the grain of the country, and not a single stalk of corn had been left behind in any of the fields.
and their only fuel was the dry stalks of a small plant, somewhat resembling an aloe.
It was a little before the great rains just now mentioned that I threw this stuff away, taking no notice, and not so much as remembering that I had thrown anything there, when, about a month after, or thereabouts, I saw some few stalks of something green shooting out of the ground, which I fancied might be some plant I had not seen; but I was surprised, and perfectly astonished, when, after a little longer time, I saw about ten or twelve ears come out, which were perfect green barley, of the same kind as our European - nay, as our English barley.
This touched my heart a little, and brought tears out of my eyes, and I began to bless myself that such a prodigy of nature should happen upon my account; and this was the more strange to me, because I saw near it still, all along by the side of the rock, some other straggling stalks, which proved to be stalks of rice, and which I knew, because I had seen it grow in Africa when I was ashore there.
Besides this barley, there were, as above, twenty or thirty stalks of rice, which I preserved with the same care and for the same use, or to the same purpose - to make me bread, or rather food; for I found ways to cook it without baking, though I did that also after some time.
These societies were hunter-gatherers: Just as they stalked animals for their energy, we have been taught to stalk the voice in the mind for its energy.
In an analysis of 230 stalkers, more than 1 in 3 with a high SRP score went on to stalk the same victim again, while fewer than 1 in 10 with a low SRP score stalked again, research presented at the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law annual meeting showed.
Well, when bowhunting muleys, the real stalk begins with the final 100 yards.
There's no smoke without fire': Are male ex-partners perceived as more entitled to stalk than acquaintance or stranger stalkers?
There are areas where deers are high density and it is easier to stalk but even so, any outing can be unsuccessful.
It was observed that the properties of the panels were the best with the 50:50 mixture of calabrian pine and sunflower stalk particles in the boards.
RLP's turn signal stalk switch is a momentary contact switch with a return-to-center mode.
In addition, they may enlist friends or associates to help them stalk or have their associates speak with friends of the victims to obtain information (Hall; Orion).
Therefore, this study investigates the effect of recycling on jute and cotton stalk pulps, which are potential raw materials in Bangladesh.
The key point in the stalk is to keep the feet moving.