Meaning of “stalking horse” in the English Dictionary

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"stalking horse" in British English

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stalking horsenoun [ C ]

uk /ˈstɔː.kɪŋ ˌhɔːs/ us /ˈstɑː.kɪŋ ˌhɔːrs/

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.

(Definition of “stalking horse” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)