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Synonyms for stalking-horse

a candidate put forward to divide the Opposition or to mask the true candidate

something serving to conceal plans

screen consisting of a figure of a horse behind which a hunter hides while stalking game

a horse behind which a hunter hides while stalking game

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A stalking-horse now might actually beat Brown with the danger of a nonentity becoming PM
Left-wingers believe a stalking-horse candidate would damage Mr Brown in the first ballot - and allow Education Secretary Alan Johnson to step into the contest.
Some school officials privately voiced concerns that Chick is acting as a stalking-horse for Villaraigosa in his criticism of the district, but aides to the mayor said he was as surprised as everyone by her announcement.
Stalking-horse candidate Dr Bill Wilson is a key ally of Alex Neil, whom Swinney defeated for the leadership three years ago.
It can be argued that a change in the working pattern would simply be a stalking-horse to reduce teachers' holidays and extend their working time.