Reference > Brewer’s Dictionary > Stalking-horse.

 Stain.Stammerer (The). 
E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
A mask to conceal some design; a person put forward to mislead; a sham. Fowlers used to conceal themselves behind horses, and went on stalking step by step till they got within shot of the game.   1
   N.B. To stalk is to walk with strides, from the Anglo-Saxon stœlcan.   2
        “He uses his folly like a stalking-horse, and under the presentation of that he shoots his wit.”—Shakespeare: As You Like It, v 4.

 Stain.Stammerer (The). 


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