dog whistle


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dog whistle

n.
1. A whistle used for training or commanding dogs, especially one that emits sound of a frequency too high for most humans to hear.
2. The use of terms that seem innocuous but are intended to convey a hidden and potentially controversial message to a particular audience.
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This tiny pottery dog is actually a whistle and probably a dog whistle, of course.
Using a remote training tool to turn the speeding Spinone wasn't possible, so Ted gave three loud blasts on his dog whistle and watched Louie immediately turn and head back toward his owner.
Speaking after William and Kate were given a tour of the shop floor, the firm's chief executive Simon Topman said: "We were able to show Their Royal Highnesses every aspect of whistle-making from the beginnings of the sports whistle, invented here in 1884, to the silent dog whistle, invented here in 1935, to the very first police whistle from 1883.
After the first week, begin transition from the voice command here to three or four short blows on your dog whistle.
It's a huge loud dog whistle to his supporters," she said in an interview on the "CBS This Morning" programme.
We will make the case against the scapegoating of migrants that the Tory dog whistle has created.
Is it possible to train my Pointer to come back to a dog whistle sound rather than a voice call?
It's time somebody called out the dog whistle racism behind Tory insults to Diane Abbott and I just decided to do it.
At their conference, the Tories joined together to blow a xenophobic dog whistle.
Compound this with everyday experience of the real world of work, where exploitation is far too rife, and it's little wonder that many people rejected Osborne's fear-driven Remain campaign and turned instead to a Leave campaign dominated by dog whistle racism and promises of jam tomorrow that look increasingly threadbare by the day.
Conservative former Cabinet minister Baroness Warsi said the "appalling dog whistle campaign" had "lost us the election, our reputation and credibility.
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.