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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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13) Consistent and persistent lack of engagement may bore the stalker, but also may provoke frustration or narcissistic or paranoia-fueled rage, and increased efforts to interact with the mental health professional.
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Stalker scored as many points in the first round against Taylor as the Scot had conceded in his previous four fights.
Technology is more widely available, and so stalkers have more tools to use against their victims," says Will Marling, executive director of the National Organization for Victim Assistance.
I also have a thing for big houses that become spooky at night, and I definitely have a thing for big spooky houses that are in the Rolodexes of stalkers.
Rejected, intimacy seeking, incompetent, resentful, and predatory stalkers are the types outlined by Dr.
Every day when she wakes up Danielle expects to find the stalker has made some sort of intrusion into her life.
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As she makes some fumbling progress, a stalker warns Wollie to back off or else.
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Thus, when a stalker faces arrest for sending threatening letters or displaying other harassing behaviors, police and prosecutors must make a clear and compelling case for a posed threat, even though the defendant has not yet engaged in an attack.
And Oscarwinner Catherine Zeta-Jones has been describing in court how her alleged female stalker made terrifying 'satanic' death threats against her.
The judge also noted that stalking is a gender-neutral crime; that it is typically an escalating behavior, with almost one-half of all victims reporting that their stalkers directly threaten them; that victims do not just suffer physical injuries but also profound, long-term emotional injuries; and that 70% of all protective orders are violated by the stalker.
He said: "Often the victim is somebody that meets the needs of the stalker and they become a very important part in the victim's life.