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1. a horse, or a figure of a horse, behind which a hunter hides in stalking game.
2. anything put forward to mask plans or efforts; pretext.
3. a political candidate used to conceal the candidacy of a more important figure or to draw votes from and cause the defeat of a rival.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.