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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 innocuous 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.
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By talking about Hindutva that embraces Muslims and by trying to recast the RSS as an outfit that is for all Indians, and not just restricted to a very narrow definition of a quasi-religious organisation in terms of its constricted worldview, the wily Bhagwat has sent out a dog-whistle to the primarily apolitical, secular section of the electorate that had bought into Narendra Modi's development pitch in 2014.
Lady Warsi accused Mr Johnson of adopting the "dog-whistle" tactics of former Donald Trump aide Steve Bannon in the hope of attracting support from right-wing Tories for an eventual leadership bid.
The type of citizen action that freed Soviet Jewry in the 20th century can today stop the dog-whistle anti-Semitism of the 21st century.
The 47-year-old lawyer singled out the Tories' "dog-whistle" campaign againstSadiq Khan, who became London's first Muslim mayor in 2016.
His campaign was also dogged by allegations of dog-whistle xenophobic tactics against Khan.
This isn't just dog-whistle politics, it is politics of the gutter.
To many, that was a dog-whistle attempt to link a Muslim candidate to extremism, to play on popular concerns about terrorism and the like.
"The desperate Leave campaign has given up on the economy with Faragestyle dog-whistle politics." Shadow Home Secretary Yvette Cooper added: "The chaotic Leave campaign offers only false promise on the economy if we pull out."
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Yet that's what happened when--referring to a national inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls--newly minted Indigenous and Northern Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett said, "racism and sexism in this country kills." After nine years of Stephen Harper's utter indifference to Indigenous life and denial of colonialism, and on the back of an election campaign in which the Conservatives traded dog-whistle politics for an Islamophobic megaphone, Bennett's statement was a welcome, if rare, statement of truth about sexism, racism and colonialism from a representative of the Canadian state.
In the wake of a disappointing election result which returned just one MP, the MEP said the party had descended into "dog-whistle politics" but claimed many of its wounds were "self-inflicted".
Along with his dog-whistle call that immigration is "too high", Mr Cameron's apocalyptic description of modern Britain proved only his growing desperation.
The opposite of an underdog n Happy slapping - the recording on a mobile phone camera of an attack on a stranger n Manbag or murse - a bag carried Falling forward - learning from your mistakes n Dog-whistle politics - a political strategy of using language intended to rouse a specific audience without disturbing the rest of the electorate, in the same way that a high-pitched dog whistle is only audible to some dogs
Yet it remains to be seen whether Howard's mix of homophobia and gender dog-whistle will outdo Latham's masculinity.