dogwhistle

dog whistle

[dawg-hwis-uhl, -wis-, dog-]
noun
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; < dog whistle a high-frequency whistle audible to dogs but not humans

dog-whistle, adjective
dog whistling, noun
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