Both the others laughed heartily when they heard how shrewd old Uncle Fred made a stalking horse out of their stout chum.
Equus, in fact, is not only the "show horse" of the doctrine of evolution, but also the "stalking horse."
Inches lent the Afridi dignity, but dignity has often been used as a stalking horse for untruth.
The first time that I saw him, I fancy Robert was pretty old already: he had certainly begun to use his years as a stalking horse.
The bringing forward of the game question has been merely the trotting out of a stalking horse.
It was the stalking horse behind which Offenbach hunted the follies of the day and bagged the absurdities of the hour.
For the same reason the passions are the main theme of poets and the stalking horse of actors.
"For my dough they've given up trying to find her and are using you for a stalking horse," he added with fiendish accuracy.
Better never profess than make profession a stalking horse to sin, deceit, the devil, and hell.'