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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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Dog whistles only used to be audible to our canine companions.
Former Conservative chair Sayeeda Warsi said: 'Our appalling dog whistle campaign for London Mayor 2016 lost us the election, our reputation and credibility on issues of race and religion.'
Ian Haney Lopez, Dog Whistle Politics: How Coded Racial Appeals Have Reinvented Racism & Wrecked the Middle Class, New York, Oxford University Press, 2014, 304pp; 11.99 [pounds sterling] paperback.
Ian Haney Lopez's new book, Dog Whistle Politics: How Coded Racial Appeals Have Reinvented Racism and Wrecked the Middle Class, has a provocative thesis.
Susan Smith Richardson, editor and publisher of The Chicago Reporter, moderated a discussion with Haney-Lopez about his new book, "Dog Whistle Politics: How Coded Racial Appeals Have Reinvented Racism and Wrecked the Middle Class." Following are excerpts from the discussion.
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The dog whistle is the only possible solution to this problem.
Now do the experiment using a dog whistle, which you can get for under $5.00 at a good pet store.
Critical ex-home secretary Charles Clarke also attacked Mr Brown for using "dog whistle" tactics and complained that short-term errors were "eroding confidence in Labour's competence".
If you buy a dog whistle, how do you know it works?
Lightfoot was livid and not only because the Twitter blast came on the day after the mayor accused President Donald Trump of "blowing every racist, xenophobic dog whistle ...
Modi these days makes coarse jibes at the Opposition and serial dog whistle speeches on the stump post the fourth phase of polling.
Mayor Anderson wrote on Twitter: "The 'Labour Party' is not 'Institutionally Racist.' .' Let's try and move on as we have done, dog whistle comments are not helpful to anyone but our enemies.
It's a huge loud dog whistle to his supporters," she said in an interview on the "CBS This Morning" programme.
Is it possible to train my Pointer to come back to a dog whistle sound rather than a voice call?