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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Stooping to dogwhistle politics would lose a referendum campaign.
A post on Matthew Yglesias's Atlantic Monthly blog offered a theory: "Giuliani is stocking up on these stock characters not for real advice--he's not that insane--but rather to get out a sort of dogwhistle message to the true rightwing nuts, who are willing to forgive a guy anything if he will only pledge to nuke significant parts of the Middle East.