- 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
Examples from the Web for dog-whistle
Contemporary Examples of dog-whistle
Plus, talking of culture is a nice way to dog-whistle to evangelicals.Romney and Culture: Flip-Flop-Flip!
August 1, 2012
Dog-whistle politics probably date back at least to Cato the Elder, but in our time the practice was perfected by George W. Bush.Perry: King of the Know-Nothings
August 19, 2011
Historical Examples of dog-whistle
Jack had a dog-whistle, so he took it off and gave it to her.Mopsa the Fairy
He pulled a dog-whistle from his pocket and blew two shrill calls upon it.The Adventures of Harry Revel
Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
Neither the Master's calls nor the ear-ripping blasts of his dog-whistle could bring her back to The Place.Lad: A Dog
Albert Payson Terhune
- 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