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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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codeword

/ˈkəʊdˌwɜːd/
noun
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(esp in military use) a word used to identify a classified plan, operation, etc Also codename
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