[ dawg-hwis-uhl, -wis-, dog- ]
/ ˈdɔgˌʰwɪs əl, -ˌwɪs-, ˈdɒg- /
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.
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Origin of dog whistle
First recorded in 1995–2000; <dog whistle a high-frequency whistle audible to dogs but not humans
OTHER WORDS FROM dog whistledog-whistle, adjectivedog whistling, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for dog whistle
relating to the targeting of potentially controversial messages to specific voters while avoiding offending those voters with whom the message will not be populardog-whistle politics
(intr) to employ this kind of political strategy
Word Origin for dog-whistle
C21: from the fact that a dog whistle operates at frequencies that can be heard only by dogs
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