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stalking horse

Pronunciation: /ˈstɔːkɪŋ/

Translation of stalking horse in Spanish:

noun/nombre

  • 1.1 (pretext) pretexto (masculine)
    Example sentences
    • But nowadays movie production isn't so much a racket as a stalking horse for the real business of producing videos and cable TV rights.
    • He doesn't seem too ruffled that he doesn't have the subpoena power, but he may be able to use these other panels who do have subpoena power as sort of stalking horses, and, eventually, there may be some pooling of information.
    • Referring to the application for an incinerator in Ringaskiddy, Co Cork, Mr Boyle said objectors feared the Meath incinerator was only a stalking horse for a far bigger incinerator in Cork.
    1.2 [Politics/Política][ candidato presentado para favorecer a otro, dividir a la oposición etc ]
    Example sentences
    • Last night party sources suggested a stalking horse candidate with little chance of winning could declare by July, drawing out other heavyweight figures who would not wish to be seen to be ‘wielding the dagger’.
    • Some have charged that he is a political partisan - a stalking horse for Democrats.
    • The claim that she is acting as a stalking horse for the party is at once hysterical and far-fetched.

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