Stalk"ing-horse (?), n.


A horse, or a figure resembling a horse, behind which a hunter conceals himself from the game he is aiming to kill.


Fig.: 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.


© Webster 1913.