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.”

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Origin of code word

First recorded in 1880–85
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British Dictionary definitions for code word

codeword
/ (ˈkəʊdˌwɜːd) /

noun

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