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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 of dog whistle
1995-2000
First recorded in 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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  • Hugh went into the house and a few minutes later came out again with the dog whistle and gave it to Jack.

    Jack, the Young Ranchman

    George Bird Grinnell
  • He took out the dog whistle that he used when coming down to the landing stage to summon the boat from the yacht, and blew it.

    The Queen's Cup

    G. A. Henty

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