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dirty word

A word, phrase, or concept considered taboo or that is no longer approved of; something that has the potential to cause the same offense that an obscenity would. Ever since Jason won the lottery, he considers "work" to be a dirty word. When it comes to politics, "tax increases" might as well be a dirty word.
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dirty word

 
1. a swearword; an obscene or blasphemous word; a four-letter word. You are not allowed to use dirty words in your school essays. My aunt is offended by the use of dirty words.
2. something that is disliked or disapproved of. Since Tom broke off his engagement, his name is a dirty word in the village. Socialism is a dirty word in that house.
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dirty word

n. a curse word; an informal word concerned with sex or excrement. Some kid got the microphone and yelled a dirty word into it.
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If Government and special interest groups together continue to treat business with suspicion, and profit as a dirty word, if they continue to pile regulation and pressures on profitmakers, more and more UK businesses will disappear.
NOT SO LONG AGO, "CENTRIST" WAS practically a dirty word in politics.
Convergence has never sounded more like a dirty word.
Nobody ran miles, marathoning was a dirty word, and there were no such things as shot-putting, triple-jumping, and the pole vault.
Divorce is a dirty word in our community, and women are expected to stay with their husbands.
Though reengineering has become a dirty word for some, CEOs must take to heart their customers' strong need for increased speed to market.
When I was a kid I always had my nose in a book - mainly because my parents couldn't afford Kleenex - but these days literature seems to be a dirty word when in fact that's true only of dirty litS erature.
I'M SHOCKED, but half expected, the "Irish vote" on Europe - a black day for democracy, which is a dirty word which has become meaningless in Great Britain.
FOR years, from Mrs Thatcher right up to Mr Brown, nationalisation has been a dirty word.
Like the word nationalist is a dirty word and something to be ashamed of.
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If "fat" has become a dirty word in your nutritional arsenal, you should know that all fats are not the same.
He's not going to like that because work is a dirty word to him.
The first two or three times he says the dirty word, it's funny.
It may or may not be eventually deleted ("deleted" is a dirty word in certain public sector circles).