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dog whistle

[dawg-hwis-uh l, -wis-, dog-] /ˈdɔgˌʰwɪs əl, -ˌwɪs-, ˈdɒg-/
noun
1.
Politics. a political strategy, statement, slogan, etc., that conveys a controversial, secondary message understood only by those who support the message:
His criticism of welfare was a dog whistle appealing to racist voters.
Origin
1995-2000
1995-2000; < dog whistle a high-frequency whistle audible to dogs but not humans
Related forms
dog-whistle, adjective
dog whistling, noun
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