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code-name

[kohd-neym]
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verb (used with object), code-named, code-nam·ing.
  1. to assign a code name to.
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Origin of code-name

First recorded in 1955–60

code name

noun
  1. a name assigned to conceal the real identity of a person, as a spy, or to conceal the existence or purpose of a plan, military operation, etc.
  2. Also called code phrase. a word or phrase assigned a meaning understood only by those who are secretly informed of it.
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Origin of code name

First recorded in 1915–20
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