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code word

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
First recorded in 1880-85 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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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
  • I think I'm on the trail, but the message is impossible to decipher unless we get the code word.

    On Secret Service William Nelson Taft
  • He whistled the code word and the door opened automatically.

    Victory Lester del Rey

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