dog whistle

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dog whistle

1. noun Literally, a whistle that emits sound at a frequency so high that it can be heard by dogs but not humans. The dogs all started howling at the sound of the trainer's dog whistle.
2. noun By extension, a word or phrase specifically used to convey an innocuouss meaning to the general audience while conveying or suggesting a different, often controversial, message to the target audience. Especially used in politics. He's using that term as a dog whistle to signal to his base what his values really are.
3. noun The tactic of using such a term. His use of the term is clearly a dog whistle intended to rally his base.
4. adjective Describing such a term or tactic. When used as an adjective, the phrase is commonly hyphenated. Allusions to issues like race are commonly couched in dog-whistle terms to appeal to certain blocs of voters while going unnoticed by others.
See also: dog, whistle
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Those that are not the intended audience of a dog whistle take the statements or phrases at face value and do not perceive the layered or multiple meanings.
Using a dog whistle can be an advantage because it isn't "moody" and sounds the same every single time it is used.
Steven Norris, a former MP and mayoral candidate, insisted it was 'no use having a dog whistle when everybody can hear it' as he led criticism of Mr Goldsmith's campaign.
However, even with all the strengths of the book, Lopez weakens his overall project by toying with a dog whistle himself.
Human voice can vary depending on their emotions and is not so useful in dog training, while on the other hand a dog whistle sound is always constant.
Now do the experiment using a dog whistle, which you can get for under $5.00 at a good pet store.
Since then, Humperdinck has been scouring the streets of the village with a dog whistle - but he fears the pup has been dog-napped.
Is it possible to train my Pointer to come back to a dog whistle sound rather than a voice call?