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code word

noun
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2.
a euphemistic or politically acceptable catchword or phrase used instead of a blunter or less acceptable term: The official report said the diplomats had a “frank and serious discussion”—code words for “angry argument.”.
Origin of code word
1880-1885
1880-85
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  • Snap had taken the code word sheet that time we sealed the purser in the cage.

    Brigands of the Moon Ray Cummings
  • We will give you the code word, and we ask nothing in return but that you listen for sixty seconds.

    Meeting of the Board Alan Edward Nourse
  • A code word in his patter advertised to his confederates exactly whereabouts upon your person the treasure was carried.

    Sundry Accounts Irvin S. Cobb
  • The address was a code word, care of the Rand Club, and the words were in Clem's writing.

    Poppy Cynthia Stockley
  • He whistled the code word and the door opened automatically.

    Victory Lester del Rey

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