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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

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!
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.
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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

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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Most stalkers fit into one of these categories, which aids counseling of the victim, management of the offender, and education of law enforcement officials, but "there are some unique populations that may not fit into these schemes, such as adolescent stalkers or cyberstalkers," she said.
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We are delighted that Stalker Software is now supported on OpenVMS," said Mark Gorham, vice president of HP's OpenVMS Systems Division.
In instances where the stalker faces arrest prior to an attack, law enforcement agencies and prosecutors must confront the challenge of proving that the individual is too dangerous for release.
Women and men who are normally outwardly confident people begin to feel like their stalker is in control of their life,' she explains.
A crucial part of treatment is to look at the needs that the stalker is trying to fulfil and that way we can work towards managing their behaviour.
Behaviors include, but are not limited to, repeated following; repeated telephone calls and hang-ups; letters; unwanted gifts and packages; going through and stealing mail; spreading harmful gossip about the victims; breaking-and-entering that can include vandalism, theft, or even simply rearranging objects so that victims know the stalker was there.
Their mother is an archaeologist who has disappeared and is believed to be dead; and the stalker is probably someone who knows the mother's work and thinks there is some information her children have in their possession that would make him rich.
Splash-painted in oil or tar onto a white gallery wall, the title of Sergei Bugaev's installation Stalker 3, 1996/2002, could be that of a low-budget slasher film, but it soon became clear that a different kind of terror was being evoked.
Fearful, Marrisa accepts his gallant offer to help her track down her stalker.
Forefront Security policy pays for outside security services and 15 days' worth of security-consulting services if a stalker, who has a temporary restraining order issued against him or her, enters the workplace to harm an employee, according to the company.