code word


noun

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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Related Words for code word

euphemism, password, watchword

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