Stalking-horse

Definition of Stalking-horse

Stalk´ing-horse`   Pronunciation: stạk´ĭng-hôrs`
n.1.A horse, or a figure resembling a horse, behind which a hunter conceals himself from the game he is aiming to kill.
2.Something used to cover up a secret project; a mask; a pretense.
Hypocrisy is the devil's stalking-horse under an affectation of simplicity and religion.
- L'Estrange.
How much more abominable is it to make of him [Christ] and religion a stalking-horse, to get and enjoy the world!
- Bunyan.

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