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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

Facebook stalk

To attempt to learn more about a person (typically someone whom one does not know very well) by looking at their Facebook profile, posts, photos, etc. I Facebook stalked Josh yesterday and saw no signs of a girlfriend, so, you're welcome. Ugh, Facebook stalking people I went to high school with is just depressing anymore. They all have kids and houses and intense careers, and here I am, living at home.
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Facebook stalking

The act of attempting to learn more about a person (typically someone whom one does not know very well) by looking at their Facebook profile, posts, photos, etc. I did some Facebook stalking yesterday and saw no signs that Josh has a girlfriend, so, you're welcome. Ugh, Facebook stalking of people I went to high school with is just depressing anymore. They all have kids and houses and intense careers, and here I am, living at home.
See also: Facebook, stalk

fb stalk

To attempt to learn more about a person (typically someone whom one does not know very well) by looking at their Facebook profile, posts, photos, etc. I fb stalked Josh yesterday and saw no signs of a girlfriend, so, you're welcome. Ugh, fb stalking people I went to high school with is just depressing anymore. They all have kids and houses and intense careers, and here I am, living at home.
See also: FB, stalk

fb stalking

The act of attempting to learn more about a person (typically someone whom one does not know very well) by looking at their Facebook profile, posts, photos, etc. I did some fb stalking yesterday and saw no signs that Josh has a girlfriend, so, you're welcome. Ugh, fb stalking of people I went to high school with is just depressing anymore. They all have kids and houses and intense careers, and here I am, living at home.
See also: FB, stalk

stalk in

To enter (some place) in a haughty, stiff, or threatening manner. The entire room fell quiet as the count stalked in without a word. The boss stalked in the office with a horrible scowl on his face, so we knew there was bad news on the way.
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stalk into (some place)

To enter some place in a haughty, stiff, or angry manner. Everyone fell quiet as the count stalked into the room without a word. The boss stalked into the office with a horrible scowl on his face, so we knew there was bad news on the way.
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stalk out

To leave (some place) in a haughty, stiff, or threatening manner. The entire room fell quiet as the count stood up and stalked out without a word. The boss stalked out of the office with a horrible scowl on his face after the financial reports were released.
See also: out, stalk

stalk out of (some place)

To leave some place in a haughty, stiff, or angry manner. Everyone fell quiet as the count stood up and stalked out of the room without a word. The boss stalked out of the office with a horrible scowl on his face after the financial reports were released.
See also: of, 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

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

stalking horse

A pretext. This term comes from the practice of hunters sometimes dismounting and, hiding behind their horses, stalking game on foot, slowly advancing until they come within shooting distance. The transfer of this practice to a means of concealing a secret plan, or, in politics, to a candidate being used to conceal the candidacy of some other person, took place in the sixteenth century. Shakespeare used it in As You Like It (4.3): “He uses his folly like a stalking-horse and under the presentation of that he shoots his wit.” Time had it on November 21, 1977: “She’s willingly making herself a stalking horse for the ultra right.” British lexicographer Nigel Rees reported that in British politics of the early 1990s, the term was applied to a member of Parliament who stands for election as party leader with no hope of winning, in order to test whether the incumbent leader is challengeable.
See also: horse, stalk
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During soil exit and entry, many cotton stalks remained uncovered leaving soil at row ends uneven in texture and elevation.
A harvest mouse's baseball-sized nest is almost hidden among the tall stalks of wheat (right).
To harvest, grasp stalk near the base and pull to the side with an upward, twisting motion (a knife cut can leave a short stub that might rot).
I've spotted and stalked a variety of Western game, hogs, and whitetails over the years, and I have learned that each stalk is different and that they almost always favor the game.
Distance between disks at the nearest point to each other, should be equal to maximum diameter of stalks. This point is called middle involvement point.
"We are asking the farmers that if they must feed their animals with these stalks they must dry them up first...these feeds have adverse effects on the animals if consumed as they are,' Serem said.
MAIZE STALKS After feeding on the maize stalks, the animals were driven to a dam where they drank water before dying a few minutes later.
Therefore, physico-mechanical characteristics of maize stalks should be known or determined for proper operation of such devices.
Those of you who have tried to stalk within bow range of a big game animal know how difficult it can be.
Which of the two celery stalks do you think is more like a tree during a drought?
Candy fennel stalks to have a chewy, aniseA[degrees]flavoured treat.
Other varieties, such as Utah, Monterey or Conquistador, can still be grown without blanching, though the stalks will be slightly darker with more flavor.
To encourage stalk celery to develop a pale, mild-flavored heart, use an elastic hair scrunchie or strips of soft cloth to secure the stalks into a bunch after the plants have been growing in the garden for eight to 10 weeks.
A second system for describing stalkers may be seen when looking at those who stalk mental health therapists.
Approximately 700,000 ha is being utilized for sunflower farming in Turkey, generating roughly 3 to 3.5 million tons of waste sunflower stalks per year.