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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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If anyone needs further information about domestic violence or stalking, please contact Women's Aid on 0808 2000 247.
He was jailed this week for eight years after being found guilty by a jury on seven charges including sending a noxious substance with intent, communicating false information, two charges of stalking and three charges of intimidation.
The charity, along with Network for Surviving Stalking, also said the "shockingly low" conviction rates point to the fact the police are not correctly identifying stalking and the Crown Prosecution Service is not using the stalking legislation correctly.
There were 253 cases of stalking linked to the Liverpool policing area, 171 within Wirral and 109 in Sefton.
According to court records, Russell was arrested in November 2015 for stalking the same woman and for first-degree criminal mischief for slashing her tires.
While the basics of spotting and stalking set up the framework, a camo pattern like Mountain Country could be the final step to a successful ending.
77% of stalking emerges from a prior acquaintance, including 49% that originated in a romantic relationship
Earlier this year, it was reported that only 1% of the 61,175 recorded stalking offences by UK police in 2013 and 2014 went to court.
The findings show the SRP is a strong tool for measuring future stalking, Dr.
Waiting so long to document the stalking has caused a significant amount of evidence to perish.
She was angry that D'Alessandro - who was originally charged with a stalking offence - was allowed to plead guilty to a lesser charge.
For the first time, police and prosecutors have been able to crack down on those accused of stalking, an offence which for years was not even recognised.
In a statement he said: "The change in legislation gave us more powers to take action against offenders and tackle more specific offences of stalking.
Washington, Oct 14 ( ANI ): A new study has revealed that women, who are the victims of stalking, are two to three times more likely to suffer from psychological distress than those who have never been stalked.