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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.
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

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
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6) Rudyard Kipling, "Slaves of the Lamp, I," The Complete Stalky & Co.
To be convinced by such an argument is to believe there is something real, something tangible within Stalky & Co.
The taste is similar with a dash of pepper and some stalky notes.
I've got my very own stalky sociopath now," I yell back.
Cut away stalky centre' cut each segment into three or four long, thin rectangular slices, then lift them out and place on foil on a grill tray
The taste is soft and smooth with a slightly stalky finish.
Casa Silva Cabernet Sauvignon/Carmenere 2013 is also good with intense aromas of stalky blackcurrant, red fruits, herbs, spice and hints of cream.
Consider providing extra light for seedlings to keep them from getting too stalky.
A besuited skeleton of smirks, quirks, twitches and winks, Shepherd's creepy, stalky schtick and constant Machiavellian machinating as Michael Moon made him the perverse inverse of the affable larkiness perpetually exhibited by his cousin Alfie (played by Shane Ritchie).
Which English Football League club grounds entitled Stalky And Co?
The opaque corned beef was outshone by the supreme tartare and I loved the diddy green stalky vegetation scattered on top.
The fruit's a little stalky but it's a match for pizza or meaty pasta dishes.
Who wrote the novel about schoolboys entitled Stalky And Co?