Stalking-horse

Stalk"ing-horse`

(stk"ng-hrs`), n. 1. A horse, or a figure resembling a horse, behind which a hunter conceals himself from the game he is aiming to kill.
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2. Fig.: Something used to cover up a secret project; a mask; a pretense.
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Hypocrisy is the devil's stalking-horse under an affectation of simplicity and religion.
L'Estrange.
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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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