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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From the GOP's embrace of Dixiecrats who fled the Democratic Party over Lyndon Johnson's civil rights initiatives, to Richard Nixon's Southern Strategy, to Ronald Reagan's dog whistles on state's rights and anecdotes about "young bucks" and "welfare queens," to George H.W.
Dog whistles only used to be audible to our canine companions.
It's tempting to say that Republican claims to support racial equality were always hypocritical; it's even tempting to welcome the move from dog whistles to open racism.
The dog whistles about refugees and asylum seekers are now crowding out the sensible voices in the UK Government.
"The venomous band of people who enjoy leaving comments on stories in the press knocking Megs likes to carefully skate around that final fact, but they still blow dog whistles at her.
His campaign literature and tweeting repeatedly featured antisemitic dog whistles in the form of attacks on "globalists" and "sheriff's stars." He regularly retweeted neo-Nazis.
The shows may be seamless, but none of the performers have received intense training - although they'll answer to dog whistles.
In his book Time to Get Tough: Making America #1 Again, Trump, too, framed his agenda as a defense of "American exceptionalism." "Maybe my biggest beef with Obama is his view that there's nothing special or exceptional about America--that we're no different than any other country." Trump later adopted a catchier slogan, "Make America Great Again," but it retained the nativist overtones and racial dog whistles of the first.
But where McCutcheon and Mark (Dog Whistles Walk-backs and Washington Handshakes: Decoding the Jargon, Slang and Bluster in American Political Speech, 2014) provide the lexicon and 'decode' race-tinged political language, Lopez harshly critiques dog whistling within the specific context of the 'colourblind' or 'post-racial' America increasingly touted since Barack Obama's 2008 presidential campaign and election.
Instead, it has tried to exploit them, mobilising their resentment via dog whistles to win elections.
As well as liaising with Government ministers the job has included arranging deliveries to the island of bus stop signs, gravestones, police uniforms and even dog whistles.
Texas Democrats have been vocal about Republicans sounding dog whistles to rouse their voters - as when lieutenant governor candidate state Sen.
A DOG whistles and clickers can help in situations like this, but I suggest you contact a professional dog trainer.
From the GOP's embrace of Dixiecrats who fled the Democratic Party over Lyndon Johnson's civil rights initiatives to Richard Nixon's Southern Strategy to Ronald Reagan's dog whistles on states' rights and anecdotes about "young bucks" and "welfare queens" to George H.W.