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English definition of “stalking horse”

stalking horse

noun [C]    
Someone is a stalking horse competes for a position that they have no chance of winning, in order to divide the opposition to a particular group or to take attention away from another person who that group really wants to win.Voters and Candidates in elections
(Definition of stalking horse noun from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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