stalking-horse love


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Something used to cover one's true purpose; a decoy.
  • n. A sham candidate put forward to conceal the candidacy of another or to divide the opposition.
  • n. A horse trained to conceal the hunter while stalking.
  • n. A canvas screen made in the figure of a horse, used for similar concealment.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A horse, or a figure resembling a horse, behind which a hunter conceals himself from the game he is aiming to kill.
  • n. Something used to cover up a secret project; a mask; a pretense.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A horse, or a horse-like figure, behind which a fowler conceals himself on approaching game.
  • n. Hence Anything put forward to conceal a more important object; a mask; a pretense.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a horse behind which a hunter hides while stalking game
  • n. a candidate put forward to divide the Opposition or to mask the true candidate
  • n. screen consisting of a figure of a horse behind which a hunter hides while stalking game
  • n. something serving to conceal plans; a fictitious reason that is concocted in order to conceal the real reason


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  • The Monarch-led group, also Blockbuster bondholders, offered $290 million for the movie-rental chain in February, a so-called stalking-horse bid that others had to top to win the company.

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  • To capture the opening bid, or so-called stalking-horse spot, Phoenix investor Jahm Najafi 's firm beat out another private-equity investor, Alec Gores .

    Opening Bidder Picked for Borders Auction

  • Both are in talks to become a so-called "stalking-horse" bidder that would make an opening offer others must top in a looming bankruptcy-court auction.

    TerreStar Bidders Circle

  • Borders hopes to soon select one of the suitors as a so-called stalking-horse bidder that would make an offer others must top in the bankruptcy auction, this person said.

    Borders in Talks With Najafi Cos.

  • But Borders late Wednesday pivoted to naming the liquidators as the so-called "stalking-horse" bidder after creditors had objected to Mr. Najafi's bid.

    Borders' Fate Hangs in Balance

  • Dish had been competing with a group of distressed-debt investors holding TerreStar's bonds to be the so-called "stalking-horse bidder" in the auction that would set an opening bid others must top.

    TerreStar Picks Dish to Open Bidding

  • Court papers said there were discussions with some holders of the $130 million in second-lien notes who may become the so-called stalking-horse at auction. -- Top News

  • Two weeks ago, Google bid $900 million in cash in what's known as a "stalking-horse bid," which effectively sets the minimum that other bidders like RIM would have to exceed.


  • The so-called stalking-horse offer from Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc. and Five Mile Capital Partners valued the hotels at $970.7 million before Cerberus and Chatham made a higher bid at an auction.

  • Here's the answer, so you need not to look away staring at any and all the many many stalking-horse red-herring wild goose-chase straw-man distraction 'alternate theories' being dragged out to dazzle, amaze, and befuddle you.

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  • (noun) - A horse, real or fictitious, by which a fowler screens himself from . . . game.

    --James Halliwell's Dictionary of Archaic and Provincial Words, 1855

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  • Ernest took lessons in talking coarse
    Until he could swear with shocking force.
    It was one of his ploys
    To seem one of the boys.
    Profanity was his stalking-horse.

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