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code word

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noun
  1. code name.
  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

First recorded in 1880–85
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codeword

noun
  1. (esp in military use) a word used to identify a classified plan, operation, etcAlso: codename
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